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Large Proportion of Marijuana Users in BC Drive While High

A new study from the University of Victoria has revealed that alarmingly high proportions of adult marijuana smokers in British Columbia admit to have either driven high or knowingly entered a vehicle with drivers who were high, as reported by a Vancouver Sun story.

The news is particularly worrisome as the federal government prepares to legalize recreational marijuana use throughout Canada for July 1, 2018.

After surveying self-identified “frequent users” of pot (those who claim to smoke marijuana more than once a week), psychology professor Bonnie Leadbeater found that approximately 80% of male pot smokers and 75% of female marijuana smokers admit to having entered a vehicle as either a high driver or as a passenger with a high driver within the past month.

British Columbia already has the highest rate of marijuana consumption in Canada relative to population size. Health Canada reports that about 13.8% of British Columbians smoke weed.

Leadbeater’s study also argued that smoking pot before driving a vehicle “approximately doubles the rate of crashing.” Other studies demonstrate that pot usage slows a driver’s reaction time, negatively affecting driving abilities such as adequately staying within a lane and maintaining a constant speed.

About 7% of all car crashes in British Columbia involve marijuana usage, but this statistic could worsen in the near future as pot becomes fully legal across the country.

Driving while high is a serious concern and could cause serious damages and personal injuries to innocent victims.

If you are injured in an accident in Metro Vancouver because of the reckless driving of someone who had been consuming marijuana, trust the experienced legal professionals at BLW Lawyers to fight for your rights. Call BLW Lawyers today at 604-689-3883 or email us at info@BLWlawyers.com for a free consultation.

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