Around 20 proposed laws dealing with cannabis were presented in California’s Legislature before the due date for new bills last month.  These included the most recent endeavor at controlling the state’s billion-dollar cannabis industry, regulations of manufactured pot labeling, and what amounts of seized marijuana the police can destroy.

What was missing is a bill forcing criminal punishments for drivers with cannabinoids detected.  Officials have decided not to create laws that go after stoned drivers for the moment.  As their opponents have said, the proposed marijuana DUI laws would have punished marijuana users in addition to those who don’t indulge.

Of deadly crashes, 402 victims had cannabis in their bodies in 2012, increased from 105 the previous year. But that doesn’t mean there are more stoned drivers on the road, this implies there are more individuals utilizing weed. It also includes people who weren’t high at all, because THC is fat-dissolvable and stays present in the body long after all effects have worn off. Liquor, on the other hand, can be tested with BAC and that gives law enforcement a pretty good idea of how intoxicated a driver is.

But the thought of checking drivers’ weed admission isn’t dead. Such a stipulation could still, in principle, be slipped into a medicinal cannabis regulation bill. But that doesn’t seem to be a priority to California lawmakers at the moment.

Dabs Mag Staff
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