With multiple states legalizing marijuana, government agencies are scrambling to research the effect of the drug on drivers. CNN recently took a look at operating a motor vehicle under the influence of pot by subjecting three users in Washington state to a little driving test with the help of a local sheriff's department. The results are a little surprising, with even casual smokers able to safely operate a car with up to five times the state's new legal limit in their blood stream. At worst, the smokers were actually more cautious on the course than they were before partaking.

Once the levels increased, however, the story changed dramatically, with two participants showing obvious signs of impairment. Heavy user Addy, meanwhile, continued to perform admirably up until the very last stage of the study. You can check out the full video below for yourself, and remember to keep it off the road, kids.





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      F_Monk
      • 1 Year Ago
      When Addy backed over a cone, that cop said something like, "That would've been indicative of backing into a pole." No it wouldn't. You can SEE a pole, or a car, for that matter, but you can't see a 1 ft. cone. I never understood why they use short cones for backing up tests. How about using a 3 or 4' cone/stanchion? That's a more accurate representation of real life. In the real world, things are higher. Actually, short cones just plain suck for pretty much everything driver-test related. When I was taking my driver's test, I had to parallel park between two short cones...during a snowstorm. I had to adjust the mirrors all the way down, and it still ended up just being an exercise of blind intuition and dumb luck.
      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      This may explain why Broder couldn't get that Tesla to its destination without a tow truck.
      James
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not to sound prudish, nor down on legal pot, but I think that people should pay attention to and enjoy driving when they're driving. In my crazy world, cup holders are superfluous. Everyone has different limits for different things, we're all built slightly differently. As such, these legal limits have to be the "lowest common denominator", not the highest possible allowance. But officers should be allowed to make a judgement call as well. Personally, some people may think I'm driving aggressively, but I am focused and aware when driving. At any moment I can tell you how much time is left on a crosswalk indicator three blocks ahead of me, or how many cars are behind me approaching my blind spot. When I approach a section of road where I don't have as much observational data, such as a blind intersection, I slow down. I drive with veracity, and to people with less awareness and observational acumen some of the things I do can appear dangerous. I wish more people would simply pay a little more attention on the road. Half of the things people do on the road, if they did them walking down a hallway would get them shoved out of the way. To me it's issues of common courtesy. If someone is running down a hallway, people instinctively get out of the way. But if they're speeding down the road as often as not someone cuts them off or blocks their ability to pass by lollygagging in the passing lane. The discrepancy doesn't make sense. I could be speeding down the interstate because my wife is giving birth, or my grandfather is on his deathbed ... and yet someone decides it's their job to illegally cruise in the left hand lane. It's more than inconsiderate.
        j0nny5
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
        Good man. I think any safety issues we have on the road have far more to do with inattention than any substance. I think we're going to see an interesting shift in the coming years as driving automation becomes standard in more cars. We'll probably see fewer traffic jams and fender-benders at least, as those who *don't want to actually drive in the first place* don't have to anymore. The difference is clear. My relatives don't understand why I take the local Canyon road on my way home sometimes, because it "takes longer". They don't see any value in picking your line, aiming for the apex, slamming down to 2nd or 3rd, and shooting out of curve after curve. By the time I get home, a lot of the BS of work has melted away!
      DooMMasteR
      • 1 Year Ago
      so the limit is basically a bit to low and agrssive drivers should have to smoke pot so slow them down a bit :P
      Ajay Dionysus
      • 1 Year Ago
      Clearly the legal limit set for marijuana is too low. While marijuana certainly doesn't enhance your ability to drive, the effects of alcohol are far more severe. Really though, I am more concerned with all the people who consume a cocktail of "legal" drugs everyday and drive around impaired with near impunity.
        k_m94
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ajay Dionysus
        Just under the legal limit of alcohol (to operate a car at least)+just under the legal limit of marijuana+some over the counter meds could lead to some pretty terrifying driving. Luckily those caught would still be convicted of impaired driving.
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        SublimeKnight
        • 1 Year Ago
        You see the same thing with alcoholics. Most of them wake up over the legal limit and can drive perfectly fine at 2x or even 3x the legal limit.
      jclaxton78
      • 1 Year Ago
      Addy is sooo cute, and hilarious. I literally laughed out loud when the guy at the end couldn't find his nose.
      RomanM
      • 1 Year Ago
      I recognize Lindsey Lohan, who are the other two.
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      Anon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I volunteer to participate in this study.
      misterbertram
      • 1 Year Ago
      lmao, dudes so high he cant even find his nose
      Jondaman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Addy was so happy and giggling. So funny to watch this.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is the congruent phrase of 'holds his liquor?'
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