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We Can Do Better

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We Can Do Better

A case out of Illinois underlines the need to re-evaluate the way marijuana-related DUI offenses are handled. A week or so before he caused the auto crash that killed his passenger, Brock Meerseman, 20, of Pekin, Illinois, smoked marijuana. Meerseman was sentenced to 14 years in prison for aggravated DUI. Meerseman’s blood test at the time of his arrest discovered tetrahydrocannabinol, marijuana’s active ingredient, according to Tazewell County Assistant State’s Attorney Kate Legge. When you face a DUI charge in ...

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It’s Not Like Alcohol

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It’s Not Like Alcohol

In California and every other state, it’s illegal to drive while under the influence of marijuana. Cannabis, like alcohol, impairs the perception, responses, coordination, and judgment needed to drive safely. Or does it? In 1986, the California Department of Justice determined that marijuana impairs abilities related to driving, particularly at high-dose levels and among inexperienced users. However, two subsequent federal studies tend to contradict that 1986 finding. If you are charged in southern California with driving under the influence of ...

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Marijuana DUI Proposal Dies

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Marijuana DUI Proposal Dies

Proposed legislation that would have convicted drivers with even trace amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in marijuana) in their blood failed in California’s state legislature in May. Assemblyman Jim Frazier’s bill, AB 2500, would have convicted of DUI any driver found with any amount of THC metabolites in the bloodstream. The bill was defeated in the State Assembly’s Public Safety Committee by a 4-to-2 vote.

Medical marijuana activists and providers argue that chemical testing for marijuana is fundamentally unfair ...

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