Federal Transportation Official Says Marijuana Consumers Think They Drive Better While High

Federal research shows that marijuana consumers believe they drive better when they’re high, a leader of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said during a congressional hearing last week.

Appearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King testified that the department is combating impaired driving from cannabis, opioids and other drugs by issuing grants for law enforcement training and expanding public education campaigns on the issue.

Part of the reason public education is particularly necessary, she said, is because “most users of marijuana who have participated in market research we have developed are saying they believe they drive safer when they’re high because they’re very focused and they’re being very cautious.”