One Year Later: The Troubling State of Marijuana DUI Laws
“A law against driving with THC in your bloodstream is not a law you can know you are obeying except by never smoking marijuana or never driving,” says one drug policy expert.
Laws against driving under the influence in the US are undoubtedly strict and have thus far been quite effective at determining a standard for impairment by drivers who have been drinking. The Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST) is a battery of three tests developed in the 1970s and performed during traffic stops to determine if a driver is impaired. Law enforcement officers trained to conduct SFSTs correctly identify alcohol-impaired drivers over 90% of the time. While breathalyzers are not as accurate as blood tests, they have become the widely accepted method of choice for roadside sobriety testing because they are non-invasive and easy to administer.
To date, there is no “breathalyzer” for cannabis — although several prototypes are being tested at universities and by state police around the US.
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