On the Road Stoned

A study released this month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calls into question the long-assumed connection between marijuana and automobile crashes.

Øyvind Holmstad, CC BY-SA 3.0
Øyvind Holmstad, CC BY-SA 3.0

“This analysis shows that the significant increased risk of crash involvement associated with THC … is not found…”

Missouri law criminalizes driving “under the influence of” drugs.  But if NHTSA now tells us marijuana use is not correlated with crash risk, is it just a matter of time until a defense lawyer argues his client’s driving wasn’t influenced at all?

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