Driving High: 5 Studies on Marijuana Motoring

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Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 7:03 AM
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Getting high behind the wheel. It's illegal. But it's hard to prove. (There's no breathalyzer). And you're gonna do it either way.

So the real question is, Is it safe?

Remarkably, science in the field of stoned motoring is all over the place. Some academics contend you're actually a better driver when you're a marijuana user. Others seem to say you're sure to die. Here are five prominent studies on blazing trails on four wheels. You decide:

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Stoned driving is dangerous!

We'll start with the most-Debbie Downer study: Researchers at Dalhousie University say those who smoke weed and get behind the wheel within three hours of such debauchery are twice as likely to crash as sober drivers. Not only that, but the research, published in the British Medical Journal, claims to be the most thorough because it controlled for other, motorist-impairing factors such as alcohol. Believe it?

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