Whether you prefer to blunt cruise in the city or gravel travel some bowls in the middle of the country, many smokers love blazing while they drive. Most of us have been there before and maybe you’re even one of those people that thinks they drive better stoned. If you are one of those people, I’ve got some bad news for you because states across the country are trying to figure out how to ensure they keep high drivers off the roads. California in particular is looking at a few possible bills to crack down on what had long been a very relaxed system. However, this is not the first time that laws have tried to be passed to establish a limit for cannabis intoxication levels in California. The others have not had any luck, as this debate is still raging around the country with no clear and concrete answers.
While driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal in every state, it can be very hard to prove in California. This is because THC stays in one’s system for a considerable amount of time after the effects have worn off. Twelve states have made it a criminal offense to be driving with any trace of cannabis in your system. California is looking at a controversial bill that is more similar to Colorado’s, which would require evidence of impairment and blood test confirmation. The problem with blood limits is that scientists widely disagree what level of THC in nanograms would cause significant impairment. Meanwhile there are plenty of heavy users that would be willing to bet their cars on the fact that cannabis doesn’t affect their driving. Personally, I would prefer smoking and driving to be treated the same way cigarettes are. It’s about a level of personal responsibility at some point, while THC might affect some people more strongly, a first time cigarette smoker would have no business behind the wheel. Despite my impeccable logic, it seems that these laws will probably be passed very soon around the country.
While most seem to agree that some sort of legal limit should be in place, similar to alcohol, the science just isn’t there yet to determine the level of THC in our blood using a breathalyzer like device. There are a few companies that are quickly trying to change that however, such as Cannabix. The bill, AB 2740, would establish a 5 nanogram blood limit for THC in California. I’m sure that many of you are fairly torn on this issue as well. Obviously we want the roads to be a safer place, but we don’t want to enact legislature before the science is in on what a safe legal limit would actually be. Hopefully this new bill is a step in the right direction. We’ll see if it has a notable impact on accidents and or arrests in the next year, if it passes.