Many medical marijuana users have driven under the influence

Many medical marijuana users have driven under the influence

Of the almost 800 of MI medical cannabis users surveyed, 51 percent admitted to driving while "a little high" and 21 percent said they had driven while "very high".

The researchers found the results to be "concerning".

The lead author, Erin E. Bonar, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and a practicing clinical psychologist at U-M Addiction Treatment Services, said she finds the results of the survey of 790 MI medical marijuana users troubling.

Bonar said mixing marijuana and driving is risky.

At the most advanced driving simulator in the world, at the University of Iowa, a study on the effects of driving under the influence of cannabis has been in high gear.

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"There is a low perceived risk about driving after using marijuana, but we want people to know that they should ideally wait several hours to operate a vehicle after using cannabis, regardless of whether it is for medical use or not", Bonar said in the article.

Neurologist Dr. Orrin Devinsky of NYU Langone Health conducted the trials that led to the first FDA approved cannabis medication, a drug for epilepsy.

"We know that using marijuana can affect things like your coordination or your reaction time and those are critical functions for driving", study author Erin Bonar. Researchers say the potential for high drivers and any dangers they may pose on the roads is greater.

MI voted to decriminalize recreational use of the drug in November. "Is there a safe level and how can you figure out what that level is for yourself depending on the types of marijuana you use, how you use it, and how much you use?"

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