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Fast Facts on Marijuana In Massachusetts

Marijuana and Driving in Massachusetts:

  • Driving while high on marijuana is illegal and you could get an OUI
  • There is no conclusive test for measuring THC impairment.
  • Police officers use observational skills, field sobriety tests, and drug recognition to prosecute civilians.
  • Breathalyzers that detect THC impairment are under development.
  • After alcohol, marijuana is the drug most often linked to drugged driving.

How Marijuana Affects Driving:

  • Marijuana use slows your reaction time and ability to make decisions.
  • Marijuana use can impair coordination, distort perception, hurt problem solving, and cause memory loss.
  • All of these impairments make it unsafe to drive while under the influence of marijuana.
  • Studies have shown an association between marijuana use and car crashes.

Strategies to Prevent Impaired Driving:

  • Choose a responsible designated driver.
  • Organize carpools.
  • Find alternate transportation: Mass transit, taxi, Lyft or Uber.
  • Educate yourself on the risk of driving impaired.
  • Stay where you are.
  • Collect car keys.
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