How do cannabis consumers get around, what do they know about DUI laws, and how do they decide when they’re too impaired to drive? These are some key questions addressed in our latest Eaze Insights report, “Perceptions on Driving Impairment: Cannabis Consumers in Focus” released July 17, 2019.
We surveyed cannabis consumers across California, and learned some great news: The vast majority (81%) know that driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal. But there’s a clear need for more public education, because 62% of consumers are unaware of the penalties cannabis DUIs bring (which can include fines, jail time, and probation), and 46% don’t know whether a legal blood concentration limit exists for cannabis impairment.
The bottom line: California law doesn’t distinguish between alcohol impairment and impairment caused by over-the-counter medications, legal cannabis, or illegal drugs. Impaired is impaired. While there is no legal limit (also known as a “per se”) for cannabis, that doesn’t change the dangers of impaired driving. So remember, legal doesn’t always mean safe! Please enjoy the moment responsibly — don’t consume and drive.