Education and promoting effectiv

Education and promoting effective laws to reduce Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID)

About DUID Victim Voices:

Many voices are heard when a state considers stronger DUID laws. The voices of the marijuana lobby, law enforcement professionals, forensic toxicologists, and drug users typically dominate. DUID Victim Voices represents the interests of the victims of drugged driving, providing fact-based education and a victim perspective to decision makers and to the general public.

Background

All states define alcohol DUI per se with laboratory tests that prove impairment by a blood alcohol level greater than .08 gm/dl for adults and greater than zero (or .02 gm/dl) for minors. Laboratory tests are routinely performed for all suspected alcohol DUI cases. Only 17 states define drug DUI (DUID) per se by objective laboratory tests.

Three additional states have established permissible limits for marijuana’s active THC in drivers, but these limits are a poor substitute for comprehensive drug per se laws. All other states use more difficult, costly, and subjective means to prove DUID on a case-by-case basis, with highly variable results.

Bad News, Good News

Bad News Good NewsThe bad news:  Denver voters approved Initiative 300 in the November, 2016 election.  Initiative 300 bypasses Amendment 64’s constitutional promise that legalized marijuana could not be consumed publicly.  It permits Denver’s bars and restaurants to apply for marijuana social use permits under certain conditions.

The good news:  Less than two weeks later, Colorado’s Department of Revenue issued a regulation prohibiting marijuana consumption at any liquor licensee, including bars, restaurants, and special events.  Given … READ MORE

Why journalists lose respect

Journalists were once respected observers and critics of American life.  That’s rarely the case today because of shallow reports such as “Answers to five questions about driving and cannabis,” from KXTV in Sacramento, California.  The first question, Read More

There’s a better way

The fall 2016 issue of The Journal of Global Drug Policy and Practice featured our article, "Why a 5 ng/ml THC limit is bad public policy - and the use for Tandem per se DUID legislation."  The article includes emerging thoughts to deal with DUID Read More