Drugged Driving | Uncomfortable High

Driving High isn’t harmless. Lives are at stake every time you get behind the wheel. Plan ahead. Don’t drive high.

Choose to never drive high.

Would you want a paramedic who’s high on the job helping you? How about your child’s babysitter? CDOT’s Uncomfortable High campaign is meant to shift Coloradans’ perspectives on cannabis-impaired driving. If the thought of your surgeon being high in the operating room makes you uncomfortable, you shouldn’t ever consider driving impaired on cannabis or any other drug — the consequences are just as serious.

Cannabis impairs the critical abilities needed to drive safely. Help us establish a stigma around driving high. You wouldn’t let your friends drive drunk. They shouldn’t drive high either. Let’s work together to reduce the number of cannabis-impaired crashes and fatalities on Colorado roads.


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Latest DRE training teaches law enforcement to recognize impairment from multiple drugs

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Cannabis, Fentanyl, methamphetamine, alcohol. What do all of these substances have in common? They can impair your ability to drive. Law enforcement officers statewide are undergoing training to better investigate and recognize drug impairment through Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) certification.

For more about this year's DRE course, click here.

What happens when you mix cannabis and alcohol?

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Have you ever heard of polyconsumption? It may sound like a complex medical term, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a pretty simple definition: Polyconsumption is “the use of more than one drug, also known as polysubstance use." Essentially, every time you drink a beer and consume cannabis, you are poly-consuming. 

Click here to review the impacts of polyconsumption.

Cocktails and Cannabis

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The holidays can be a time to max out your belt loops and enjoy a few of the more intoxicating pleasures — eggnog, holiday cocktails, and perhaps a little cannabis. One cocktail plus one hit of flower can put you at risk of a DUI.

Here is CDOT’s ultimate holiday guide to getting home safe

CDOT Presents: Cannabis Knowledge and Safety Quiz

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How much do you know about cannabis? How about driving after consuming cannabis? Test your knowledge by taking our marijuana trivia and safe driving quiz!

Click here to take the safe driving quiz


Want to know more about cannabis and driving? Ask your budtender.

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CDOT has partnered with Learn Brands, a subscription-based online budtender education platform, to launch an interactive cannabis-impaired driving safety course.

Click here for more on Learn Brands

DUIs are costlier than you think. Here’s the breakdown

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Drive high, risk a DUI. Curious how much a DUI can cost? Here’s the breakdown.

Click here to know the costs

The History of Cannabis – and your role in its future.

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Have you ever wondered when marijuana was first used in a “recreational” way? How about who discovered Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)? Here are a few fast facts about the colorful history of cannabis, marijuana, hemp or pot — whatever you choose to call it.

Click here for the full history

CDOT and AAA Colorado quiz cannabis consumers about impaired driving

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The Colorado Department of Transportation challenged Mile High 420 Festival attendees at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver to a Cannabis Quiz about impaired driving.

Click here to read the release

Mile High 420 Fest is back. So is our goal to get everyone home safe.

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Can a law enforcement officer tell if you’re high? When was cannabis first used recreationally? Can I get a marijuana DUI? So many questions — can you answer them all?

Click here for more on the event

4/20 Safe Driving Pledge: MADD and Native Roots Unite Cannabis Industry and Traffic Safety

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Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and cannabis industry leaders including Native Roots, Wana Brands, Terrapin Care Station, Marijuana Industry Group and kindColorado unite around a safe driving pledge for the 4/20 holiday.

Click here for more on the joint effort

What is micro-dosing and am I safe to drive?

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Micro-dosing is a growing trend among cannabis consumers — but using small amounts of cannabis can still lead to impaired driving and a DUI.

Click here for more information on microdosing

Bet you didn’t know: inactive vs. active THC and DUIs

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What if I consume cannabis frequently, but I'm not driving impaired? What happens if I get pulled over? This is one of the most common questions we get about cannabis-impaired driving, and it’s for a good reason.

Click here to break down the basics

Industry voices matter in fight against cannabis-impaired driving

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We've worked hard over the last six years to build relationships with people from the cannabis industry to address impaired driving. One of those people is Sarah Woodson, founder of The Color of Cannabis.

Click here for more on The Color of Cannabis

New state data shows role of impaired driving in record-setting traffic fatalities

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CDOT, the Colorado Department of Public Safety (CDPS), and AAA are pointing to concerning trends in impaired driving that may help explain the increase in traffic deaths in Colorado since 2019.

Click here to learn more on the findings

How high is too high to drive? Cannabis impairment facts.

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How high is too high to drive? How long does weed stay in your system? Are cannabis-impaired DUIs even real?

Click here for the answer to your questions

Just the Facts: Marijuana-Impaired Driving in Colorado

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You want data to support the claim that driving high is dangerous. We do, too — so here are a few of the latest numbers on marijuana-impaired driving in Colorado.

Click here for all the facts

The dreaded lag time

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When our technology lags it can be frustrating, confusing, and even end in a loss during Fortnite. But what if you lived with lag...in the real world?

Click here for more on lag time

How long should I wait to drive after getting high?

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Consuming cannabis before driving can be dangerous. Wait until you’re sober before getting behind the wheel. How long to wait? See the latest guidelines from CDPHE.

Click here for more on wait times

CDOT continues efforts to eliminate cannabis-impaired driving this year

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As the cannabis-impaired driving campaign kicks off, our goals haven’t changed – we remain committed to educating Coloradans on safe cannabis practices. 

Click here to learn more about our campaign goals.

Mask a budtender: CDOT and MIG introduce cloth masks encouraging cannabis consumers to avoid impaired driving.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Marijuana Industry Group (MIG) collaborated this last April to educate consumers about the risks and cost of cannabis-impaired driving with an in-your-face conversation starter — budtender masks.

Click here to learn more about the mask event.

Have You Heard? Stories of Cannabis and Driving.

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Listen to the genuine voices and experiences of real Coloradans. CDOT and MADD want you to know that driving high isn't worth the risk. You can be part of the solution.

Click here to learn more about the audio series.

Common Myths About Driving High

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Check out our video series addressing some of the most common myths around driving high.

Click here to learn more about the video series.