Iowa Debunks the Stoned Driver Theory
As marijuana’s unfair laws continue to fall state by state, more and more research is being done by Universities around the country on the effects of pot use and driving. One of the first studies of this kind was completed at the University of Iowa’s National Driving Simulator, which was sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission, Office of the National Drug Control Policy, and the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
This unique research looked at the effects of marijuana on a person driving a car and determined that it caused almost NO IMPAIRMENT. Any impairment that they did see was very similar to that observed of drivers under the influence of a LEGAL amount of alcohol.
Drivers were put in a simulator that consisted of a nineties Malibu Model that was placed in a 24 foot diameter dome. The drivers were tested on how well they could weave in a lane and how often the car went out of the lanes barriers. Drivers who had only liquor in their bodies showed impairment in all 3 areas while those who only vaporized weed only had slight problems weaving within the lane.
The parties being tested with blood concentrations of 13.1 ug/L THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in cannabis, showed increased weaving that was similar to those with a .08 breath alcohol concentration, the legal limit in most states. The legal limit for THC in Washington and Colorado is 5 ug/L, the same amount other states have considered.
You can read the full research paper here. https://now.uiowa.edu/2015/06/ui-studies-impact-marijuana-driving
That study is a big difference than what was shown on this Fox news channel in Nevada this year, don’t you think?
So what do you think Green Collar?. Leave a comment on what you think.
Notice: Green Collar does not condone consuming cannabis and driving. Please Follow all State Laws.