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The Legalization of Cannabis (Marijuana or Hemp) in Canada and Impaired Driving

With Canada becoming the second country in the world to legalize recreational amount of cannabis (also called Marijuana or Hemp), the biggest question lies how this move will affect drivers. The Government of Canada has legalized the blood limits on THC for drivers of motor vehicles in October 2018. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis plant which if taken can impair the motor skills of the brain and can be dangerous if driving is done after consumption. While the limit has been set for THC level in blood, its use can still be dangerous while you or your teen drives.

The government is focused on giving public awareness campaigns for educating teens, youth and young adults of the risks associated with the use of cannabis or marijuana. This public awareness program will cost around $9.6 million. Health Canada has launched a $9.6 million public awareness campaign focused on educating youth, teens and young adults of the risks of using marijuana and its impaired effect on driving and other health-related issues:

Below are some of the facts about the effect of cannabis on driving:

  • 50% of 16-24 year old believes that it is socially more acceptable to drive under the influence of Cannabis versus alcohol.
  • One in every three Canadians and 15% of high school age children have been in a vehicle driven by a driver under the influence of cannabis.
  • Percentage of deaths due to drug-impaired driving is more than alcohol-impaired driving.
  • Those teens and young aged between 16 and 24 accounts for most of the driving fatalities with 30% being related to cannabis-impaired driving.

The Government of Ontario has announced new impaired driving and zero tolerance rules under 21 years of age.

Set Limit:

The set limit for THC in blood while driving is 2 nanograms per 1ml of blood. Driving above 2 is subject to fines. More than 5 nanograms could result in jail or fines. At least 2.5 nanograms of THC per 1 ml of blood and at least 50 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood could result in jail or fine.

Why hire a car accident lawyer at Toronto if you are caught with THC sample in blood above the set limits:

Hiring a car accident lawyer at Toronto like those present in the team of Yegendorf and Associates will help to check whether you are being wrongfully punished, fined and arrested.

THC can be present in blood even after weeks of consumption but that doesn’t mean that you are being impaired at the time of testing and our car accident lawyer Toronto will guide you in this.