TORONTO, Feb. 27, 2014 /CNW/ – A recent national study¹ commissioned by the Partnership for a Drug Free Canada revealed that almost 25% of parents of teenagers did not consider driving while high on cannabis to be as bad as drinking and driving. Meanwhile, almost a third of teens (32%) did not consider driving under the influence of cannabis to be as bad as alcohol.
Well, since I’m not aware of a single study that claims marijuana impairment is as dangerous to driving as alcohol impairment, nor a single scientist in the field that would claim it, I think it’s safe to say that it’s a verifiable fact that driving while high on cannabis (regardless of its potential for danger) is not as bad as drinking and driving.
What should be disturbing is that only 25% of the parents and 32% of the teens realized this (or, at least, were willing to admit that knowledge on a study commissioned by the Partnership for a Drug Free Canada).
What a bizarre factoid to use in their campaign.
From reading the rest of the press release, it appears that, to the Partnership, the correct answer to the question of “Which is more dangerous: cannabis impairment or alcohol impairment?” is “C: Facts don’t matter; impairment is impairment.”