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Massachusetts RMV adds cannabis warnings to driver's ed classes

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The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and the state's Cannabis Control Commission jointly announced the addition of a cannabis-impaired driving curriculum to the driver's education classes teens must take before getting a license.

A first for a state where recreational marijuana is legal

Massachusetts will be the first state with legal recreational marijuana to educate teenagers on the dangers and consequences of cannabis-impaired driving.

The Registry of Motor Vehicles announced today an updated curriculum for driver’s education classes.

It will be taught to about 52,000 young drivers per year in about 700 driving schools across the state, the Registry said.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Registrar Colleen Ogilvie.

The educational video can be viewed here:

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.