Canadians admit to driving when high

Published: August 30, 2018



With marijuana legalization for recreational use around the corner, concerns remain about drug impairment behind the wheel. Statistics Canada reports 1.4 million Canadians admit to being in a vehicle while the driver had consumed cannabis within two hours.

It seems Canadians are generally ok with entering a vehicle if the driver is high or has smoked a joint. Would the same be true of alcohol? That’s arguably the dilemma marijuana legalizations presents for law enforcement.

Furthermore, one in seven drivers who are cannabis users admit to driving within two hours of consuming pot during the last three months. The data shows males are around two times more likely to do this than women, or are at least twice as likely to admit it.

The government will implement the Cannabis Act on October 17, and concerns remains about how to enforce impaired driving laws. Statistics Canada shows 4.6 million Canadians aged over 15 have used cannabis in the last three months, representing 16 per cent of the demographic population.

82 per cent say they will increase consumption when pot is legalized and easier to buy. With drivers seemingly willing to drive after consuming cannabis, it seems clear that impaired driving through drugs will increase as consumption increases.