If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
This might sound counterintuitive to you Sgt. Stedenko types, but driving under the influence of pot doesn't have much effect on one's road skills, at least according to a recent study by Hartford Hospital in Connecticut and the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. The research, published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, found no differences in the driving skills of 85 subjects who got behind the wheel stone-cold sober and then tried the same obstacle course after having smoked a joint.
Of course, few stoners smoke just one joint (with 2.9 percent THC?), but it's still an eye-opening study. "No differences were found during the baseline driving segment (and the) collision avoidance scenarios," the authors wrote.
Once high, drivers did slow down, perhaps arguing that a stoned driver is an even safer driver. However, a statement on the study reads, driving while under the influence of alcohol, even at legal levels, mixed with some weed smokage, seems to increase your chances at ending up bending fenders. Stoner translation: Cookies good. Milk and cookies bad.
Driving while delivering marijuana in L.A.? Risky.