NY drugged-driving arrests dip after marijuana legalizationPosted by On


Drugged-driving arrests connected to marijuana use have declined in the three years since New York’s cannabis legalization in 2021, as questions linger about efforts to keep stoned drivers off roads.

Last year, drugged driving was the top-level charge in 1,771 arrests across New York, a less than 1% increase from the prior year, state data show. But that is down about 20% from the 2,225 drugged-driving arrests in 2021.

While the arrest numbers exclude cases where drugs were among several charges, such as an aggravated drunk driving case involving marijuana, they offered an important snapshot of enforcement since New York legalized possession of small amounts of cannabis in 2021.

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