Journal article

Medicinal cannabis and driving: the intersection of health and road safety policy.

Daniel Perkins, Hugh Brophy, Iain S McGregor, Paula O'Brien, Julia Quilter, Luke McNamara, Jerome Sarris, Mark Stevenson, Penny Gleeson, Justin Sinclair, Paul Dietze

International Journal of Drug Policy | Elsevier BV | Published : 2021


BACKGROUND: Recent shifting attitudes towards the medical use of cannabis has seen legal access pathways established in many jurisdictions in North America, Europe and Australasia. However, the positioning of cannabis as a legitimate medical product produces some tensions with other regulatory frameworks. A notable example of this is the so-called 'zero tolerance' drug driving legal frameworks, which criminalise the presence of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) in a driver's bodily fluids irrespective of impairment. Here we undertake an analysis of this policy issue based on a case study of the introduction of medicinal cannabis in Australia. METHODS: We examine the regulatory approaches used for m..

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