Massachusetts Becomes The First State To Teach Marijuana In Driving School

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In excess of 460 driving schools across Massachusetts will implement the Shifting Gears cannabis-impaired driving curriculum, reaching an estimated 50,000 teen motorists annually. This material will be included in the present driver education module addressing impaired driving. While the driver’s education module has always touched on the dangers of drinking and driving, the addition of the new topic of “Cannabis Impaired Driving” will broaden its scope. Governor Charlie Baker has stated that adding cannabis knowledge to the Massachusetts Registry’s driver education curriculum is vital to the health and safety of newly licensed drivers. “I am glad that Massachusetts is leading the way in adding cannabis information in driver education. Voters approved a ballot initiative in November 2016, and Governor Charlie Baker signed bipartisan legislation into law in July 2017.

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The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) of Massachusetts has announced that beginning in January 2023, the Commonwealth will be the first recreational-use cannabis state in the country to adopt “Shifting Gears: the Blunt Truth about Marijuana and Driving,” a curriculum developed by AAA to inform teenagers of the dangers of driving while under the influence of cannabis.

Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Registrar of Motor Vehicles Colleen Ogilvie, Cannabis Control Commission Commissioner Kimberly Roy, AAA Northeast...

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