As legalization efforts increase across the country, one of the key considerations is whether stoned driving will increase. Or, worse, whether more people will hit the road both stoned and drunk.
While data is slowly trickling out of Washington and Colorado, the same answer remains: it’s too soon to tell.
Data recently released by the Colorado State Patrol shows a decrease in cannabis-impaired driving in the last year, from 354 citations to 347. The data also showed that cannabis-and-alcohol impaired driving remained the same, with 209 citations each year.
This data does not yet point to a significant trend. Before 2014, Colorado did not keep track of cannabis-specific impairment, but decided to do so after legalization. This is the second year the data is collected and made public.