Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death and injury on Canada’s roads. Each year 1,200 to 1,500 Canadians are killed at the hands of a driver impaired by alcohol or drugs. That works out to four to five Canadians a day. On average, a staggering 60,000 more are injured. Thanks to the Liberal government’s decision to legalize marijuana expect to see more carnage on Canada’s roads. One need only look at other jurisdictions that have legalized marijuana. Take Colorado. According to a U.S. government study, marijuana-related traffic deaths increased on average 48 per cent in the three years after Colorado legalized marijuana. Statistics like this shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, legalization means that more Canadians are going to use marijuana. And that will mean more people will also get behind the wheel high.
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