New Legislation to Outlaw Driving While Under the Influence of Marijuana

 by lucy

A proposed bill in California would make driving while under the influence of marijuana an automatic DUI offense.  The bill was introduced by Assemblywoman Norma Torres.

The proposed bill would make it so any level of “cannabinoids or synthetic cannabinoid compound” in a driver’s blood or urine up to three hours after a traffic stop would equate to a DUI.

According to California NORML, cannabinoids can remain in the body for days or even weeks after marijuana consumption.  Because of this, driving at any point could mean a DUI for a regular or even casual medical marijuana user.

The bill was introduced at the end of February, with no accompanying press release.   Word of the bill gained attention after NORML published a press release this weekend.

The bill has yet to be assigned to a committee in the Assembly.  In order for the bill to become law, it must pass the committee as well as both houses of the Legislature, then be signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.

It is currently unclear what means police would use to test field sobriety to determine whether a cannabinoid test would be appropriate.

California NORML Director Dale Gieringer explained, “There is no relationship between impairment and the presence cannabinoids in urine.  Secondly, there is no relationship between impairment and the presence of non-psychoactive cannabinoid metabolites in blood.  Third, there is extensive evidence that safe driving is not incompatible with low levels of active THC in the blood.”



9 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

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    BlazinAlberts said on Mar 13, 2012

    This is upsetting. I don’t see any way for them to check on how long it’s been since the last time you smoked..

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    juan_cPa_ said on Mar 13, 2012

    all i can say is driving while smoking is not dangerous i “used” to do it all the time. And im pretty sure i can pass a field sobriety test while blown hahah

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    dayzaway99 said on Mar 13, 2012

    Just dont get pulled over. I can understand though some people like to smoke blunts and drive, stupid teenagers like to pass around the piece while on the road. Be straight when you see a cop and have clear eyes on hand theres now way he can prove it as long as you dont act stupid

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    Sm0kindr0 said on Mar 13, 2012

    I learned how to drive with a half inch of sleet and snow on the road with 45mph wind gusts, Right after I faced to bowls and a snapper out my bong. I honsetly dont think i would of done as well had i not smoked, my uncle never knew i smoked and he praised me for how well i handled the truck when it would slide and spin. I’d of probably froze or freaked if i was sober.

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    DecoyOctopus said on Mar 14, 2012

    This is retarded, society doesn’t have a problem with people DUI of marijuana.

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    ssavanna said on Mar 14, 2012

    i made an account just to respond to this, this is the most ridiculous thing i have EVER seen. marijuana DUI? maybe if you eat 20 edibles, what are the people in charge even thinking? WOW what about the patients who need it to function, they tell you not to drive on painkillers but if you get pulled over on painkillers it’s nothing compared to if you just smoked marijuana, they treat you like a criminal !

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    Elvers said on Mar 14, 2012

    the lady is nuts

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    Jon3Blaz3 said on Mar 15, 2012

    Idk how they would even catch people driving stoned? when I drive stoned I am probably the most focused person on the road.

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    HeadHunter said on Mar 16, 2012

    Remember the name Norma Torres. She is our enemy and clearly a lunatic. She got into office somehow that means that the people who voted for her are also our enemies. To all in California, Vote that stupid bitch out of the Assembly before she needlessly ruins perfectly good driving records.

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