Jeff Brubacher from Vancouver General Hospital published “Cannabis use as a risk factor for causing motor vehicle crashes: a prospective study.” The study has earned a great deal of press due to his finding that there was no increased risk of crash responsibility in the driver pool he studied for drivers with a blood THC level between 2 and 5 ng/ml. There was an increased risk of crash responsibility for drivers over 5 ng/ml, but … READ MORE
What has marijuana legalization done to Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases in Colorado? Important answers are now emerging. July 2018, the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) released a 106-page report Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol for the year 2016. This first-of-its-kind report and its database enabled us to draw twelve important conclusions.
1 Colorado’s report is the first to show causes of DUI, not just presence of drugs
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Jacob Sullum, a pro-pot writer for Reason and Fortune magazines, is at it again.
This time, he claims that marijuana’s impact on crash risk has been greatly exaggerated, based upon Rogeberg and Elvik’s (R&E) paper, soon to be published in the journal Addiction. Sullum, in his typical snarky style, writes that there’s not much evidence of a surge in traffic fatalities due to marijuana-impairment in Colorado or Washington. This shouldn’t be a surprise, … READ MORE
Two recent research reports explain why blood tests are ineffective for determining driving impairment by marijuana, and why impairment-based DUI per se blood level limits for marijuana are useless.
Rebecca Hartman’s team (R.L. Hartman et al. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2015.06.015 ) led the groundbreaking Iowa driving simulator study that showed, “During drive blood THC ≥8.2 ?g/L increased SDLP similar to notably-impairing alcohol concentrations.” She followed up with a report in Clinical Chemistry this year (R.L. Hartman et al. … READ MORE
Noelle Phillips and Elizabeth Hernandez got some things right in their Denver Post article, “State still not sure whether legal pot made roads less safe.” The article was generally well done and reasonably accurate.
Colorado’s DUI law, which has a single definition of DUI irrespective of cause was correctly cited as a prime reason that Colorado is woefully behind in attempting to understand the impact of marijuana on road safety. If you don’t measure something, … READ MORE