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More education needed on risks of cannabis-impaired driving

A Canadian Automobile Association survey found that one-fifth of people from 18 to 24 years old have been driving while high, or riding with a driver who was stoned.

That 20 percent of people who answered yes to those questions in the survey equals roughly 675,000 Canadians.

The CAA says there’s a need for more public education to make sure everyone understands the risks of driving under the influence of marijuana.

Ian Jack, vice president, public affairs at CAA says Gen Z is “a very socially conscious generation that understands the dangers of driving drunk.”

However, he says “there is a significant group who don’t associate the same risky behaviour with smoking cannabis or doing edibles.”

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It takes longer to feel the effects of edibles and the CAA says this compounds the problem of driving under the influence.

The association issue has a new national video campaign called Do Anything But Drive that is aimed at members of Gen Z to avoid driving after taking edibles.

Jack says, “In our campaign, we try to take a light-hearted approach to the reality that some people will take cannabis edibles.

He says they encourage 18 to 24 year old to plan ahead and make arrangements for a safe way home, “just like you would after drinking.”

– with files from Mike Patterson

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