Majority of Canadians believe marijuana has no effect on decision making

Published: October 28, 2018

Updated: November 1, 2018

Author: Luke Jones



Last week, we reported on the launch of Parachute Canada’s National Teen Driver Safety Week (NTDSW) 2018. Now in its final day, the week has been a success with a focus on drug driving and other road safety issues. However, as we look ahead beyond NTDSW, the message becomes increasingly important.

This year, National Teen Driver Safety Week focused on impaired, drugged, distracted, and speeding/aggressive driving. With the Cannabis Act enacted this month, Parachute Canada was most eager to discuss marijuana legalization and how it would affect teen drivers.

While the week’s festivities are ending today, the organization points out work is ongoing. To emphasize the importance of educating young motorists, Parachute has published some to some startling data during this National Teen Driver Safety Week:

  • More than 1 in 4 teens who use weed say they’ve driven within two hours of using
  • 4 in 10 teens say they’ve been in a car with a driver who had used weed
  • 21% of fatally injured drivers ages 16 to 19 tested positive for cannabis
  • 22% of teens who use weed believe it doesn’t impair driving
  • 27% of Canadians 19 to 24 said they’d accept a ride from a driver who’s under the influence of cannabis
  • 56% of Canadians who use weed believe it has no effect or a positive effect on thinking and decision-making

Marijuana Legalization

Canada is in its first month of legalized marijuana after the Cannabis Act came into effect yesterday (Oct. 17). Under the new law, Canadians can buy, grow and consume pot for recreational purposes. In this new era, how are home insurance companies managing?

Parachute Canada offered the following advice about driving high:

  • “Drugs, whether prescription, over-the-counter or illegal, can slow drivers’ reaction times as well as their attention to the task of driving. Know the facts and don’t drive high.
  • Your motor skills decrease, and reaction times increase when you driver drug impaired. You are more likely to crash and hurt or kill someone else. Drive sober or make other arrangements to get home.
  • Know that police can detect drugged driving. Don’t risk losing your licence or going to jail.”