A new global study will take a look at cannabis-impaired driving

38 0

An international group dedicated to traffic safety will explore driving under the influence of cannabis

Cannabis behind the wheel continues to be a major focus of much current research. Addressing driving under the influence of cannabis now seems to be the target to be analyzed by different international researchers. Many of them will pool knowledge to help inform policy and legislation globally.

The International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety (ICADTS) has taken on the task of launching new tools that summarize the studies conducted on marijuana-impaired driving. The idea behind it is that legislators worldwide will have more accurate information at hand when they have to establish different policies.

Nearly a dozen countries and their leading drug-impaired driving researchers have been consulted to create this series of briefing hours. The specialists represent the ICADTS Drug Impaired Driving Working Group.

The working group, co-chaired by different institutions in the Netherlands, Canada and Australia, aims to answer the main questions commonly asked by policymakers around the world. Through the fact sheets, it is possible to interpret different solid findings regarding various facets of the problem and its implications for policy and legislation. This is of paramount importance to help ensure that the design and implementation of marijuana-impaired driving policy and legislation are accurate and informed by science.

“Unlike alcohol, the research regarding the impairing effects of Δ9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC; the active ingredient of cannabis) on driving is much more complex because cannabis does not have a clear concentration-effect response,” shares Jan Ramaekers, Professor at Maastricht University and former ICADTS president. “This means it’s difficult to conclude whether a specific THC concentration is indicative of driving impairment in an individual, making policy decisions much more complex.”