A well-known cannabis advocacy group, in association with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws helped draft a new congressional bill whose objective is to combat drug-impaired driving.
The legislation was filed on Friday by Representative Kathleen Maura Rice (D-NY) and Troy Balderson (R-OH). The legislation would also establish a $5 million annual federal grant to be used to further advocate for public education on drug-impaired driving.
Those who oppose cannabis legalization often claim that its legalization would increase occurrences of impaired driving despite the lack of evidence to back their claims.
Last year, it was also determined by the Congressional Research Service that the concerns that have been expressed by various legislators about marijuana legalization making the roads more dangerous might be unfounded. The body discovered that proof of cannabis’ ability to impair driving is not conclusive.
Additionally, they stated that despite the numerous lab studies and trials that determine that cannabis consumption can affect an individual’s motor performance as well as their response times, the studies on the effect of cannabis consumption on a driver’s risk of getting involved in a car crash have not provided consistent results. Some studies even found that there was almost no risk of a car crash that would result from the use of marijuana.
The studies were also unable to link different levels of cannabis consumption or THC levels in an individual’s body to levels of impairment.
It should be noted that driving under the influence of any substance is not endorsed by any individual, independent body or the general public. This also includes states that have legalized cannabis as well.
In July, a separate bill was approved by the House that made it necessary for states that had legalized marijuana to look into various methods of educating individuals about impaired driving while also discouraging them from driving under the influence.
Furthermore, some studies that were carried out by independent bodies discovered that the legalization of cannabis is not linked to a rise in traffic accidents.
In a press release that was done recently, Rep. Kathleen Rice, who is also the sponsor to the new Drug-Impaired Driving Education Act, stated that driving while intoxicated on drugs was just as detrimental as driving under the influence of alcohol. She then proceeded to say that was why the bill had been drafted, to expand public education and raise awareness of drug-impaired driving.
It remains to be seen what marijuana sector players like Sugarmade, Inc. (OTCQB: SGMD) think about the spirit and letter of this bill before Congress.
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