Study detects cognitive risks from driving under the influence of cannabis

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Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, July 25, 2023:

EDI Express expands in Texas

EDI Express is expanding its services to and from Texas, providing inbound and outbound services from Texas to California with a two-person sleeper team making the trip both ways.

The new EDI Express Texas location is equipped to handle all inbound and outbound transportation needs with a full range of shipping services, including expedited freight services, less than truckload, full truckload, and more. The company's services are tailored to meet the unique needs of each customer, with customized solutions that provide value and efficiency. EDI Express also offers its customers competitive pricing on this new lane to make transportation solutions convenient and affordable.

GSC acquires MacMillan-Piper

GSC Logistics, a nationwide provider of 3PL services, has acquired MacMillan-Piper, one of the largest specialty transloaders in the Pacific Northwest, bolstering its portfolio with a network of proprietary rail transload facilities, additional warehousing capacity, and expanded transloading capabilities with expertise in agricultural, paper, lumber, steel, dry bulk commodities and more.

The acquisition strengthens GSC's service offerings in the Pacific Northwest market by adding five warehouse facilities encompassing over 380,000 sq. ft with 80 railcar spots and more than 100 dock doors. The combined MacMillan-Piper and GSC Transport fleet will now exceed 100 trucks.

"The combined synergies of GSC and MacMillan-Piper will also accelerate our nationwide expansion plans while providing a broader portfolio of service offerings," said GSC President David Arsenault.

Study detects cognitive risks from driving under the influence of cannabis

New research published by the Colorado School of Public Health shows the risks associated with driving under the influence of cannabis. 

The study, titled "A Latent Variable Analysis of Psychomotor and Neurocognitive Performance After Acute Cannabis Smoking," was conducted at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus involving participants who use cannabis occasionally or daily, as well as a control group of non-users.

The study utilized Impirica's impairment risk assessment, Vitals Mobile (Vitals), to assess the effects of cannabis on driving abilities.

The study revealed that occasional users exhibited slower reaction times in a simple task, while chronic users demonstrated slower reaction times in a complex judgment task. These findings highlight the risks associated with driving under the influence of cannabis, particularly for chronic users.

"This exciting milestone in Impirica's journey reinforces and confirms what we, at Impirica, along with other thought leaders, have long hypothesized," said P-J Barclay, CEO of Impirica. "The insights gained from this study are crucial for successfully navigating a world with legalized cannabis and are vital to the ongoing evolution of our solution suite, enabling us to provide the market with the most advanced proactive impairment risk measurement tools."