Poll reveals almost half of cannabis users hit the road while high

Cannabis is speeding towards legalization, yet there are still concerns around its use-particularly by those behind the wheel.

A new poll, released by Ipsos and the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), has revealed that a concerning amount of Ontario drivers have driven while high.

In fact, around 48% of drivers who currently use cannabis claim to have tried driving after ingesting or smoking the drug.  A further 16% of all drivers in the province said they had tried driving after using cannabis.

The survey took its findings from 1,000 adult participants. Using the result the CAA claim, on a wider scale, the poll reveals that 1.9 million of the provinces motorists have hit the road after partaking in use of the drug.

“It tells us right away that road safety must be a priority and be a leading issue now that we’re getting towards the point of legalization,” said Elliott Silverstein, the CAA’s manager of government relations, who emphasized the need for public awareness campaigns to deter driving while high.

The poll also highlighted some key demographics, with motorists who said they drove after using cannabis more likely to be male, between the ages of 25-34 and living in the downtown core of a major city. Other findings show that 52% of respondents identified as poorer drivers when they’re high, meanwhile 57% of people believe there will be more drug-impaired drivers on the road once cannabis is legal.

The legalization of cannabis, coming into effect on October 17, has brought about concerns with regards to how road users will be identified, tested and reprimanded for driving under the influence.