Incoming 2023, the state of Massachusetts makes history by becoming the 1st state in the country with legal recreational cannabis lessons in the driver’s education program. The Registry of Motor Vehicles, which controls driver’s education in the state, is aligning itself with members of the Cannabis Control Commission in order to make history.
All drivers younger than 18 in pursuit of their driver’s license for the first-time in Massachusetts are required to complete 30 hours of classroom instruction before they can receive a full, unrestricted license.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced that this program will educate diver’s education students about cannabis impairment. The new program, "Shifting Gears: the Blunt Truth about Marijuana and Driving," was created by AAA. "The current driver education module addressing impaired driving will be updated to include research-based information on cannabis, explaining how tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active chemical in marijuana, affects cognition, vision, reaction time, and perception of time and distance," MassDOT officials said.
It is being estimated by officials that roughly 50,000 young drivers will be educated within the program each year in roughly 700 driving education schools across the state of Massachusetts.