By Guy Page
As the the Vermont Legislature wrestles with the highway safety implications of marijuana “tax and regulate” legalization, a new study reports that in tax-and-regulate Washington state, one in seven drivers with kids in their cars test positive for marijuana.
The following article by the American Academy of Pediatrics was sent to Headliners by a pediatrician who has recently returned from a lengthy career overseas. The House Government Operations Committee this week has been discussing several issues related to S.54, tax and regulate marijuana bill, but has not yet taken a vote to send it to the House floor.
Nearly one in seven Washington state drivers with kids in car tested positive for THC, study indicates
NBC News reports on its website that “nearly one in seven Washington state drivers traveling with kids tested positive for THC,” according a report published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. The findings suggest that “the likelihood that a motorist would test positive for THC did not appear to be altered by the presence of a child in the car: Fourteen percent traveling with a child were positive for THC, compared to 17 percent of those who were not accompanied by a child.” Furthermore, the study found that “among those who thought cannabis was ‘very likely’ to impair driving, 8.9 percent tested positive for THC,” whereas “40.6 percent of those who thought that it was ‘not very likely at all’ to impair driving” tested positive.
HealthDay reports the same study found that “only 0.2% of people driving with a child tested positive for alcohol on breath tests” and “none had levels above the legal limit.”
Statehouse Headliners is intended primarily to educate, not advocate. It is e-mailed to an ever-growing list of interested Vermonters, public officials and media. Guy Page is affiliated with the Vermont Energy Partnership; the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare; and Physicians, Families and Friends for a Better Vermont.