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Does cannabis decriminalization lead to more car accidents?

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Cannabis intoxication and driving is a major issue that weed faces upon legalization. That’s likely because there’s still no accurate way to quantify just when a person is too high to drive and how to obtain related data.

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That said, a study conducted in Canada tried to get some answers, bringing in insurance actuaries to figure out whether or not cannabis reform results in more road accidents.

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Still, the evidence is conflicting. Data dating back to the 1993-2003 period shows that five per cent drivers between the ages of 20 and 50 who tested positive for cannabis were more likely to speed and fail to see road signs.

The Canadian study had more modern data from both the U.S. and Canada, compiled from 2016 to 2019, when, arguably, people had a more positive relationship with cannabis.

“The methods used in this research include improved statistical models, machine learning and other data science techniques. The models used high-resolution weather data to account for the effects of weather factors,” noted report authors.

As is usually the case, more research is necessary to have a more accurate picture of cannabis and its potential impact on driving.

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