The CBC has taken the time to do its research concerning marijuana use and driving under the influence.
According to its studies, there are millions of Americans driving under the influence of marijuana and this number is continuing to rise. The figure currently sits at approximately 12 million Americans in 2018 with 2.3 million Americans mentioning the use of cocaine and meth.
While the group ranges in age and gender, it is generally composed of male drivers between the ages of 21-25. A secondary group composed of male drivers between the ages of 16-20 is also noted for being a significant part of the problem. When compared to alcohol, the number (4.7%) is smaller since 8% of American drivers have admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol.
The major concern with marijuana use behind the wheel has to do with the drivers and their ages. This has made it a pronounced problem considering these American drivers are inexperienced and are therefore adding risk to an already dangerous situation. While weed remains legalized in several American states, it is not permissible to get behind the wheel under the influence of marijuana. The same rules apply to marijuana as they do to alcohol.
The report was designed to highlight this rising concern to make sure it is addressed by public health officials. A simple tool to promptly determine whether or not someone is under the influence of marijuana is necessary. This includes setting standards for toxicology reports and how they are processed when it comes to situations such as these.
With this becoming a larger problem in recent times, it is recommended to take action now and get in front of the issue.
If you or someone you know has been charged with driving under the influence of marijuana, please contact the Bateman Firm at 864-881-7070.