and Drivingin Real-Life Situations
The effect of marijuana on driving is bidirectionaland dependent on compensatory ability and dose.
There is a marked paucity of pub-lished research dealing with the effectsof marijuana on driving in a real-lifesituation. Le Dain (I) was the first toreport a study of the effects of twolevels of smoked marijuana and asingle dose of alcohol on 16 subjectswho drove a vehicle in a restrictedtraffic-free area. All other publishedstudies relevant to marijuana and driv-ing have employed some type of labora-tory driving simulator
or a psycho-motor model (3). Studies dealing withthe monitoring of heart rate duringreal-life driving conditions have been Vancouver, in-cluding the -downtown area, during peak but infrequently (4-6).The purposes of the present studywere to determine: (i) the effects of lowand high doses of marijuana on driving performance in both a restricted, traf-fic-free area-that is, a driving and on the streets of traffic flow; and (ii) the effectsof and driving on heart rate.
25 OCTOBER 1974