What does Australians think about smoking marijuana and driving? Is cannabis safer than alcohol when driving?
It is illegal to smoke cannabis and drive in Australia. Marijuana poorly affects your driving by reducing reaction time, time perception and hand eye coordination. Alcohol has more severe effects on drivers than cannabis and being “high”.
With Canberra becoming the “Weed Capital” of Australia, various health and political groups are concerned about the unforeseen dangers with Cannabis and driving.
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) has opposed the new Cannabis laws, saying they will lead to more death and injury on the road. RACS highlights that driving can impair cognitive-motor function, and may double the risk of motor vehicle crashes.
Contrary to these reports though, extensive research on the effects of Cannabis compared with alcohol on driving has been done in the U.S. and Canada that allows us to see real-life scenarios with overnight legalisation of marijuana.
James is an experienced writer and legal cannabis advocate in Australia. He answers all the questions about business, legalisation and medicinal cannabis.
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