Massachusetts RMV adds cannabis course to driver education
Starting in 2023 Massachusetts will become the first state in the nation with legal marijuana to include lessons that directly teach drivers about the dangers of cannabis and driving. The Registry of Motor Vehicles announced this week the adoption of a curriculum developed by AAA Northeast called, “Shifting Gears: The Blunt Truth about Marijuana and Driving.” The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that drivers under the age of 18 complete 30 hours of classroom instruction before they are granted an unrestricted drivers license. An estimated 50,000 new drivers receive this education each year in Massachusetts at 700 driving schools throughout the state. The material on cannabis will explain how THC can impair motor skills, reaction time, and perception behind the wheel. An official announcement is scheduled to take place on Friday at the Worcester Registry of Motor Vehicles with representatives from the Cannabis Control Commission in attendance.