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Cops Find New Ways To Test For Cannabis DUI

Cannabis has been legal in California now for more than a year. Even before recreational marijuana became legal, there were concerns about people driving under its influence. There’s no denying that marijuana can impair a person’s ability to drive, however, it can affect people differently. The biggest issue is that there are no instant tests to determine intoxication, like a breathalyzer. Blood and urine tests can be used, but THC, the intoxicant being tested for, can linger in a person’s system long after they were actually intoxicated.

NBC Los Angeles reports on the effect marijuana legalization has made on DUI arrests and how police are testing drivers.

Unlike alcohol, which has a basic legal limit of .08% for most drivers in California, there is no standard for being intoxicated on marijuana. Specially trained officers known as drug recognition experts can use visual and other clues to determine if a person is intoxicated on drugs.

Glendale, however, is taking it a step further. After a roadside evaluation, if an officer suspects cannabis intoxication, a nurse is called to the scene. The nurse will draw blood and it will be tested for the presence of THC. If the driver is found to be impaired, they go to jail.

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Published: April 22, 2019

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1 Comment
  • James
    April 26, 2019 at 9:42 AM

    To my understanding this is something that has been taking place in other states such as Washington for several years or more. Again from the research I have done the test is not based solely on the presence of THC but rather the ratio of THC metabolites found in the blood. THC is converted to metabolites before being excreted in the urine and therefore by examining the ratios of these metabolites health practitioners can determine relatively speaking how long it has been and the amount of THC consumed by the DUI suspect. While there will always be differences in how one’s body processes THC and personal levels of intoxication, this method for testing intoxication as of now, in my opinion, is actually better than leaving it to police officers to determine on their own whether a person is intoxicated. I realize that this article is a summation and probably intended to be concise, however, I believe it is important to include some of the points I have written about. I believe it is important cannabis companies, regulators, police officers, consumers, and media are able to work together to help promote truthful knowledge and science so that we can implement recreational cannabis use in the best way possible. This comment is meant to be constructive criticism and I hope it is taken as such. I appreciate this news outlet helping to promote cannabis awareness. Thank you for your time.

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