At its second meeting, Governor Phil Scott’s Marijuana Advisory Commission was tasked with finalizing health and safety data.

The main focus was how marijuana use impacts Vermont’s roads.

Thomas Anderson, commissioner for the Department of Public Safety, presented his report.

“This area of cause and effect, it’s a difficult thing to measure, but it is, these were still deemed to be authoritative in showing what the relationship was between marijuana use and crash data,” said Anderson.

Anderson shed more light on this data.

As of October 23, 2017, six drivers were suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol only, ten for drugs only and six for both.

“Of 16 operators with alcohol and drugs alone, 11 were positive for active cannabis, that’s Delta, Delta 9, THC,” said Anderson.

One of those drivers was Steven Holmes. Four people died when the car Holmes was driving crashed into another vehicle in Bridport this August.

According to a report from the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, Holmes had high levels of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in his system.

By Colorado standards, where recreational marijuana is legal and there’s a legal level for impairment, he had ten times the legal limit in his system.

The report looks at several studies; some of which show crash data pre and post marijuana legalization in some states like Colorado and Washington.

Anderson says he’s concerned legalizing it here could have a bad outcome for the state’s roads.

“When you have increased use of marijuana or legalization of marijuana, you’re gonna see more fatalities on your roadways. I think the data does support that, and I know there are different views on that, but I would feel comfortable taking that to a jury and trying to convince them of that,” said Anderson.

While the information about Holmes’ THC levels is new, it has not been determined why he crossed the center line in that August crash.

The commission will have to finalize its recommendations by January 15th, 2018.