Jeff Brubacher from Vancouver General Hospital published “Cannabis use as a risk factor for causing motor vehicle crashes: a prospective study.” The study has earned a great deal of press due to his finding that there was no increased risk of crash responsibility in the driver pool he studied for drivers with a blood THC level between 2 and 5 ng/ml. There was an increased risk of crash responsibility for drivers over 5 ng/ml, but … READ MORE
Colorado’s HB18-1258 that would have permitted marijuana “tasting rooms” passed the legislature but was vetoed by Governor HIckenlooper. The Governor cited concerns with increased impaired driving as a reason for his veto.
We wrote the Governor requesting that he veto the bill, pointing out that marijuana tasting rooms were fundamentally more dangerous than a neighborhood bar. If an impaired driver leaves a bar and is arrested by an officer for impaired driving, Colorado laws ensure … READ MORE
Canada plans to legalize the use of recreational marijuana next year, fulfilling a pledge from the elected Liberal government. The government has also pledged to install laws, technology, training and education to protect Canadians from the effects of drug-impaired drivers. The law to improve DUI legislation (OWI in Canada) is Bill C-46, scheduled for committee hearings in September, 2017.
Bill C-46 contains several features that will improve OWI management, including the use of Drug Recognition … READ MORE
Thanks to the efforts of DUID Victim Voices supporter Stephie Mager, Nevada has a DUID per se law that establishes legal limits for several drugs including methamphetamine, amphetamine, cocaine, heroin, LSD, marijuana, and phencyclidine (Angel Dust). The blood THC limit is 2 ng/ml, very close to the limits of quantification of most forensic toxicology laboratories.
Monday, April 3, 2017 the Santa Fe New Mexican published Don’t regulate marijuana like alcohol, an op-ed co-authored with Barry Logan, PhD, and Stephen Talpins, JD. The thrust of the op-ed is that, since marijuana is unlike alcohol chemically and metabolically, an impairment-based per se limit like we have for alcohol just doesn’t work for marijuana’s THC. Plus, the quantities ingested or smoked is nothing compared to the alcohol consumed when binge drinking or … READ MORE