Driving while under the influence of marijuana

James Snowdome made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Transport

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Under the Freedom of Information Act can you please let me know the results of any studies into the effects of marijuana consumption before driving.

Thank you in advance

Yours faithfully,

James Snowdome

Tim Norman, Department for Transport

James Snowdome

Our Reference F0004621

Thank you for your e-mail (below) requesting information under the Freedom
of Information Act about the results of studies into the effects of
marijuana on driving. The information you seek has already been published
- see below - and therefore under section 21 of the Act, we are not
legally required to provide information which is already reasonably
accessible.

The Department has undertaken three research projects in relation to the
effects of cannabis on driving performance. They are:

· Cannabis and driving: a review of the literature and
commentary. This is available on-line at
http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/res... . It is listed
as Research Report 12 and was published in 2000;

· The influence of cannabis on driving. This is available free
from TRL Ltd (who undertook the work for the Department) at
http://www.trl.co.uk/store/report_list.a....
It is listed as report TRL477 and was published in 2000;

· [1]The influence of cannabis and alcohol on driving. This is
available free on-line from TRL Ltd at
http://www.trl.co.uk/store/report_list.a...
. It is listed as report TRL543 and was published in 2002.

You will need to register on the TRL Ltd web-site if you wish to download
those reports. That is not onerous and imposes no obligations on you.

All three publications include references to other published reports that
may be relevant to your request.

Research Report 12 is subject to Crown Copyright. You can find details on
the arrangements for re-using Crown copyright on the Office of Public
Sector Information website at:
[2]http://www.opsi.gov.uk/click-use/index.htm.

The TRL Ltd reports continue to be protected by the Copyright, Designs and
Patents Act 1988. You are free to use them for your own purposes,
including any non-commercial research you are doing and for the purposes
of news reporting. Any other re-use, for example commercial publication,
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spirit and effect of the Freedom of Information Act, the Department will
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Tim Norman

Road User Safety Division

Department for Transport

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London SW1P 4DR

23/10/08

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