Bill suggests removing part of marijuana DUI tests

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Updated: 5/08/2013 5:41 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Some Nevada lawmakers say medical marijuana patients shouldn't be deemed impaired when driving just because they have small amounts of marijuana in their system.

The idea sparked intense debate over the issue when Democratic Assembly Majority Leader William Horne of Las Vegas presented AB351 to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Tuesday.

Backers of the bill say current law allows medical marijuana users to be prosecuted long after the effects of the drug have worn off regardless of if they actually were impaired.

But opponents contend the effects on chronic users can persist for days and that without setting allowable levels determined by a blood test it is difficult to prosecute offenders.

 

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kdavis52 - 5/9/2013 2:39 PM
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Washington State Patrol deemed/proved that a chronic/medicinal user is a safer driver than an occasional party user is. The chronic user doesn't over smoke unless pushed to do so by testing by officials like the State Patrol.

danco - 5/9/2013 8:12 AM
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It's the same thing as alcohol and other prescription drugs: if you're impaired, you're going to get a DUI. If you're a medical marijuana user and you're impaired, don't drive, get a designated driver. If you only have a low-level of THC in your system and it's not impairing you, then drive safely, obey the traffic laws, and you won't even get pulled over! Non-issue! Or, better yet, decriminalize pot altogether, and get rid of the low-level THC penalty for everyone!

happynvchick84 - 5/9/2013 2:37 AM
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They actually did a test on the Discovery Channel where they took regular marijuana users drive on a closed course with a police officer as a passenger. They were given certain tasks to do while driving and were presented with various random objects. The test proved that they were not only cautious drivers after smoking, but they drove better 'under the influence of marijuana' than they did sober. I think people are very quick to judge those who smoke weed. It should be treated just the same as alcohol. If a cop pulls you over for driving in an unsafe manner and a field sobriety tests is necessary, thats one thing. Nevada Medical Marijuana users have that listed on their drivers license so any cop who sees this can say that the driver was under the influence. Even if that person hadnt smoked yet that day, its still in their system and it still counts as a DUI. Which is not fair. You're telling them that it's okay to use marijuana because their doctor prescribes it to them, but you might as well take their right to drive away from them at the same time, because either way it will remain in their system for a long period of time.

Kramer - 5/8/2013 4:57 PM
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we should just immunize the med marijuana crowd they're 'floaters' anyway

Kramer - 5/8/2013 4:56 PM
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timzrage's comment, while generally acceptable, gets confusing at the end and further belies the local DA's tendency to go after the "trace amount" or ingested matter, rather than truth, justice, or Galletti Way.

timzrage - 5/8/2013 4:19 PM
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If someone has a small amount of THC in the system they should not be deemed impaired, just as someone who has a very small amount of alcohol isn't considered impaired. HOWEVER, if the person that has a trace amount of THC or alcohol, AND makes an impaired type move in their vehicle (giving the officer reason to pull the person over in the first place), then yes, even a trace of alcohol or marijuana should be given a DUI roadside test to test for impairment.
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