California Law Enforcement are preparing for Legalized Recreational Marijuana
Proposition 64 officially takes effect next year and people will be able to legally smoke marijuana for recreational purposes. Law enforcement officials are trying to avoid tragic accidents such as the one involving Joseph Brenan, who was killed on the shoulder of a highway as he was trying to change a flat tire. The man that allegedly struck Brenan was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana and vehicular manslaughter. According to the Associated Press,
Police across California are scrambling to keep up by increasing training to spot drug-impaired drivers. Their task is made more difficult because, unlike the 0.08 percent blood level for alcohol, there is no presumed level of intoxication in California and drugs affect everyone differently. But driving impaired remains illegal, no matter the substance.
The California Police Chiefs Association and Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) plan to demonstrate a portable saliva test that could possibly be used to screen for recent use of drugs, including marijuana. Lackey’s office claims that the device is already being tested in places such as Kern County and Sacramento County. Other law enforcement and academic experts claim that a saliva or breath test is not reliable enough to test for marijuana or other drug use, but law enforcement is also being trained to look for cognitive changes to screen for drugged driving. Hopefully, law enforcement can figure out a way to detect drugged driving that is more accurate and helpful for them as well.
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