Cannabis-Impaired Driving Still A Significant Issue Among Young Canadians, CAA Finds


One-fifth of 18-24-year-olds – equivalent to over half a million Canadians – say they have driven high or been in a vehicle with a high driver, according to new research from the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) released today.

The finding points to the need for more public education to make sure everyone understands the risks of driving high, according to Ian Jack, vice president, public affairs at CAA.

“Gen Z is a very socially conscious generation that understands the dangers of driving drunk,” says Jack. “But there is a significant group who don’t associate the same risky behaviour with smoking cannabis or doing edibles.”

Edibles compound the issue since the effects can take longer to manifest, and last longer. This led to CAA’s new national video campaign Do Anything But Drive, which carries a simple message for Gen Z: if you’re going to do edibles, do anything but drive.

“In our campaign we try to take a light-hearted approach to the reality that some people will take cannabis edibles,” Jack says. “Whatever else you choose to do, please make sure you don’t get behind the wheel. Plan ahead. Make arrangements for a safe way home, be it a designated driver, a taxi or rideshare, or staying over, just like you would after drinking.”

Added Jack: “We’re hoping Gen Z will take the Do Anything But Drive message to heart, and show the leadership for themselves and others we know they can.”

Do Anything But Drive, developed by Vancouver-based agency One Twenty Three West, launched September 14 across Canada. CAA received funding from Health Canada for the campaign.

The 20 percent of 18-to-24-year-olds, who said they have driven high or been in a vehicle with a high driver, would equal roughly 675,000 Canadians. The research finding comes from a poll of 2,824 Canadians carried out June 5 to 16, 2020. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/-1.84%, 19 times out of 20.

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

SOURCE Canadian Automobile Association


  1. Medical Cannabis users can run at blood levels of 10 to 50 ng/ml of THC and even higher in some cases.

    Assumption of impairment also ignores levels of CBD which have a major mitigating factor in the psychoactive effects of THC.

    Many aspects of the new Canadian Cannabis Act impairment laws are brutally unconstitutional and will continue to be challenged in court due to the vast range of human tolerance to THC and the inconsistency of it’s impact on various individual human physiology.

    In the vast majority of medicinal applications, the daily use of Cannabis medicine results in a n almost complete and total tolerance to the psychoactive effects of Delta 9 THC due to the receding of CB1 receptors in the central nervous system, specifically in the brain, resulting in no impairment in the ability to operate a motor vehicle while using Cannabis medicine properly.


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