Smoking and Driving: Is Driving High Illegal in Canada and US?

Smoking and driving while under the influence of cannabis is illegal in Canada, and will always be illegal.

Eight US states and Washington D.C. have legalized the recreational use of pot, and guess what — driving while high is illegal in the US as well.

Now, not all things that are illegal are dangerous, but this one is both dangerous and illegal everywhere you try doing it.

Getting high does not improve your driving skills in any way directly related to your performance. It might reduce your insecurity and anxiety levels, but it will also make you react slower to lightning-quick accidents.

How long do you have to wait to drive after you smoke weed?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that marijuana can impair driving performance for up to three hours after consumption. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, cannabis can stay in your system for 2 days and up to a week.

Marijuana significantly impairs judgment, motor coordination, and reaction time, so if you really want to avoid getting fined, you should probably just forget about driving for the rest of the day and play it safe.

Remember, operating all heavy machinery (such as cars, ATV’s, chainsaws, and such) under the influence of medication can be extremely dangerous for you and everyone around.

The minimum you have to wait after smoking marijuana in order to drive normally is at least 4 hours.

Is it dangerous to smoke while driving?

Even though about 40% of drivers are comfortable with driving after smoking pot, and 33% of teens think it’s legal we know with complete certainty that smoking weed and driving is not safe.

Out of 2,800 teens surveyed:

  • 33% said driving under the influence of marijuana is legal in states where it’s recreational;
  • More than 20% of teens reported it’s common among their friends;
  • Parent perceptions (1,000 were surveyed) were similar:
    • 27% said it’s legal;
    • 14% said it’s common among friends;
  • 88% of teens think driving under the influence of alcohol is dangerous;
  • 68% said driving under the influence of marijuana is dangerous

According to a new report from the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Rocky Mountain High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area agency, pot-related driving deaths have spiked in Colorado since the legalization in 2013.

In 2006, 33 out of the 535 total statewide traffic fatalities included a driver testing positive for cannabis, by 2016, that number grew to 123 out of 608 auto deaths. It is more than apparent that further education on the topic of driving under influence of cannabis is mandatory.

Can you get a DUI for smoking and driving?

Yes, you can get a DUI for smoking and driving, but that is not the only fine as driving high can end up with the driver spending a few nights in jail.

Ontario has zero tolerance for anyone 21 years old and under, new drivers and commercial drivers as the new legislation will be enforced as road safety will be a priority once recreational weed is legalized in 2018.

Read more: Is Driving High More Dangerous Than Driving Drunk?

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1 thought on “Smoking and Driving: Is Driving High Illegal in Canada and US?”

  1. The daily use of Cannabis medicine results in a complete tolerance to the psychoactive effects of THC due to the receding of CB1 receptors in the central nervous system, specifically the brain, and thus there is no impairment in the ability to operate a motor vehicle.

    Recreational use is most often neither based on consistent strain and concentration of product as the user is seeking very different results than that of a medicinal user.

    A medicinal user spends a great deal of time and effort finding the exact dosage , concentration, and specific product to use, and then strives to maintain a systemic daily dose.

    this method of medicinal administration results in a complete tolerance to the psychoactive effects of THC but a recreational user is usually seeking the ‘high’ from THC and thus uses the product much differently

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