Canada’s historic legalization of marijuana in October 2018 prompted some major changes to the country’s drug-impaired driving laws. The changes aimed to respond to concerns about legalization’s impact on public safety, especially on the road. As a result, many provinces implemented “zero tolerance” policies for drivers found to have THC in their system. But a new study from researchers at the University of British Columbia suggests Canada’s drug-impaired driving laws may be too strict. According to researchers, the low levels of THC Canada currently considers over the legal limit do not increase drivers’ risk of getting in a car crash.
Researchers: No Link Between Low Levels of THC and Car Crashes
Due to public perceptions about the health and safety risks of legalized cannabis, Canadian officials opted to play it safe. So they set up very conservative legal limits for THC. Under Canadian law, drivers can face fines up to $1,000 for driving with two to five nanograms (ng) of THC per milliliter (mL) of blood. Drivers found to have more than five ng/mL of THC face fines over $1,000 and possible jail time. Canada even has special rules for drivers that mix alcohol and cannabis. Fines above $1,000 and