AAA is leading the effort to raise awareness about the dangers of marijuana and driving. Consider these facts from the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
- Marijuana use by college students is at an all-time high
- Marijuana use has steadily increased; in 2013, there were 19.38 million current users — up from 14.5 million in 2007
- More than half of new illicit drug users begin with marijuana
- 6% of 12th graders (about 1 in 16) report daily use of marijuana
- The perception about the harm of marijuana has declined in recent years, with just 25% of high school seniors saying marijuana use poses a big risk (half of what it was 20 years ago)
Marijuana use is part of the public conversation — all the states in AAA Northeast’s territory have laws either enacted or under consideration to legalize recreational use for adults 21 and over. 34 US states have legalized medical marijuana.
Regardless of your position on legalization, there’s no denying that driving a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana is dangerous. The skills required to drive are all affected when high.