November 29, 2013

Since Pot Use Legalized

1 More Stoned Drivers in Washington State

Since the state of Washington legalized recreational marijuana use in January, the State Patrol reports a significant increase in drivers who test positive for the drug when pulled over, but only around half are "under the influence" legally. In the first six months of this year, 745 drivers who were stopped and tested by police tested positive, compared to around 1,000 over a full year in the past two years. More than half but far from all of the 745 exceeded the legal limit of THC under the legalization rules. If the increase holds for the entire year, however, marijuana offenders will still be a small segment of the 20,000 Washingtonians arrested each year for impaired driving in general. Since legal pot stores will not actually open until 2014, these numbers could rise further.

More at Csmonitor.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Government Frowns on Marijuana Research

Tags: Legalizing Pot, Marijuana Legalization, Driving While Stoned, Marijuana DUIs, Recreational Pot

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