Half of MI medical marijuana users drive while high

Medical Marijuana

Of the almost 800 of MI medical cannabis users surveyed, 51 percent admitted to driving while "a little high" and 21 percent said they had driven while "very high".

An alarming new study suggests many medical marijuana users have driven under the influence. And right now, is no good way to tell how impaired a cannabis user is at any given time.

"We know that using marijuana can affect things like your coordination or your reaction time and those are critical functions for driving", study author Erin Bonar.

Participants completed survey measures of DUIC (driving within 2 hours of use, driving while "a little high", and driving while "very high") and background factors (demographics, alcohol use, etc.).

Researchers concluded that driving while under the influence of cannabis is a public health concern, stating more research needs to be done on how to measure the issue.

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The researchers surveyed adults in MI who were seeking medical cannabis recertification or a new certification for chronic pain in 2014 and 2015. The researchers asked about respondents' driving habits for the past six months.

Bonar said mixing marijuana and driving is risky.

Bonar recommends no driving at all after using cannabis or waiting several hours before getting behind the wheel.

She added that there is uncertainty about how marijuana could affect driving for chronic daily users, who might have effects that last even longer.

That law, which allows any MI resident over the age of 21 to use marijuana inside a private residence, became legal in December.



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