reports that starting in January of 2023 Massachusetts drivers, under the age of 18, will be required to learn about the dangers of marijuana-impaired driving. With this move, Massachusetts becomes the first state with a cannabis cirriculum for driver’s ed students.

Ironically, recreational marijuana became legal in Massachusetts 6 years ago tomorrow.

  • The Blunt Truth

    You can’t make this up. But kudos for a clever marketing in coming up with the cirriculum name. AAA’s program for driver’s ed students is called,  “Shifting Gears: The Blunt Truth About Marijuana and Driving.” According to The Boston Globe, The RMV is working members of the Cannabis Control Commission. The two organizations will formally announce this new program at an event on Friday.  This program has been available for educators for some time.

  • The First Generation

    As the Registry of Motor Vehicles points out, this will be the first generation of driver’s ed students to get their licenses, following the legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. And according to AAA research, canabis impaired driving crashes are expected to increase

  • The Cirriculum reports that the lessons in the new driver’s ed cirriculum will cover how TCH, which is the active chemical in marijuana, affects “cognition, vision, reaction time, and perception of time and distance behind the wheel.”


  • The Numbers

    The updated curriculum will be taught to roughly 52,000 new drivers each year in 700 Massachusetts driving school locations, according to NBC 10 Boston.


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