California is Paying People to Get High for Science

The University of California, San Diego’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) want you to drive high! Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration and the car is really just a simulation, but the researchers and state law enforcement are looking for volunteers to help them study the effects of cannabis on driving.

The study will require participants to take blood, saliva and breathalyzer tests before and after smoking for a seven-hour period in order to determine whether roadside kits can be just as effective as lab blood testing.

“If you smoked this morning, are you impaired throughout the day? Are you impaired for a couple of hours? Or are you not impaired? We’re trying to answer that,” professor of psychiatry Dr. Tom Marcotte, told ABC15.

Volunteers in the study will be expected to complete driving simulation courses and standard field sobriety tests as

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