One of the most complicated aspects of marijuana legalization and regulation is identifying stoned drivers. The alcohol industry and other opponents of regulating marijuana cite law enforcement’s inability to accurately test drivers for marijuana as a reason to keep pot illegal. The alcohol industry says this for good reason. Over 10,000 Americans die in drunk driving car accidents each year.
Police have had problems testing whether or not drivers were high because adequate tests did not exist. Current labs and drug screening kits tested only if cannabinoids were present in the sample. These tests cannot determine if the cannabinoids were active or inactive. Basically, the tests showed if the person had used marijuana within the last 30 days, not if they were impaired at the time of the test.
This was a significant problem for both law enforcement and citizens. It isn’t cool to get a DUI when you’re sober because you ate a cookie 2 weeks ago, but it also isn’t cool to get baked, drive around, and put other people in danger.
Ask and you shall receive.
Scientists developed a new breathalyzer that detects marijuana on people’s breath between 30 minutes and 4 hours after use. This is a big deal because this breathalyzer will catch people who are driving high. They can then be charged with a DUI or DWI, whatever regulations we create.
Now that there are no more arguments against regulating and taxing marijuana, all that’s left is to decide how to regulate it and how to spend the money!
Halcyon Organics is Atlanta’s first medical marijuana company and cannabis lifestyle brand. We will get medical marijuana legislation in Georgia.