Federal Agency Urges States To Mandate Marijuana-Impaired Driving Warning Labels As National Prohibition Blocks Broader Action 

Federal Agency Urges States To Mandate Marijuana-Impaired Driving Warning Labels As National Prohibition Blocks Broader Action 
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A federal agency released a report on Thursday that urges states that have legalized marijuana to include warning labels on cannabis products that caution against driving while impaired—noting that federal prohibition is a barrier to nationalizing such consumer education to mitigate public safety risks. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report provides an in-depth overview of the “crash risk associated with different drugs, including alcohol, and the prevalence of their use among drivers,” as well as “countermeasures to reduce impairment-related crashes.” One countermeasure that NTSB recommended to states across the U.S. is to mandate marijuana labeling to inform consumers about the dangers of driving after consuming cannabis. The board recognized that several legal states do require such labeling, but pointed out that others don’t. Today #NTSB released a new Safety Research Report, “Alcohol, Other Drug, & Multiple Drug Use Among Drivers.” Researchers found, in the U.S., alcohol remains the most often detected drug in #impaireddriving incidents, & cannabis is the second most common. Read the press release https://t.co/WUEFPwafib — NTSB (@NTSB) January 12, 2023 Because marijuana remains federally prohibited, “there is no federal requirement for labeling cannabis,” the report says. As such, NTSB didn’t propose a federal labeling requirement, instead saying that states should take lessons from other states and Canada, where cannabis is legal nationwide, to develop warning labels that explicitly discourage impaired driving. Meanwhile, there is a standardized warning label for alcohol in the U.S. that’s mandated under a federal law enacted in 1988, the report notes. And while “evidence suggests that alcohol labeling had little effect on behavior change, some authors have suggested that even small effects can be meaningful if a product is widely used.” “A recent study found that among the 31 US states with medical cannabis programs, all have some labeling requirements, and 26…

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