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NHP cracks down on marijuana-impaired driving

Posted at 2:40 PM, Mar 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-21 19:44:12-04

Just months after Nevada voters approved recreational marijuana, law enforcement is cracking down on impaired drivers. 

Tuesday, Nevada Highway Patrol held a demonstration where drivers could wear marijuana impairment goggles. The demonstration was meant to show that even if adults can now legally smoke a small amount of marijuana, they still can't legally get behind the wheel. 

"Now that marijuana has been legalized, we want to make sure people know it's not OK to smoke it and get behind the wheel of a vehicle," says Trooper Chelsea Stuenkel with NHP. 

Back in November, voters approved recreational marijuana, meaning adults 21 and older can have a very small amount on them, even if they don't use it for medical reasons.  

Now, law enforcement is worried about the misconception that marijuana doesn't affect a user like alcohol might. 

With recreational marijuana sales starting as early as this summer, law enforcement says they'll be cracking down, so you won't have to share the road with an impaired driver.