Driving while throwing stones.
This has become one of the more thorny challenges for law enforcement in the age of legalization, with police officers across the country struggling to keep their jurisdictions’ new cannabis laws in line with their mandate to keep the roads safe. doing.
of washington post The Maryland Police Department has detailed how voters approved a bill to legalize recreational pots last year and are preparing for a possible surge of disabled drivers on the streets.
according to washington post, The Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland holds rallies two to three times a year.
“Montgomery County brings in marijuana smokers and literally picks them up in police cars and takes them to a tent outside the training academy so they can be stoned. I have pizza at home.” the report said“Participants will be used as test subjects for police officers who try to determine if they are too tall to drive. Unlike people who can quantify it, it’s more difficult to tell with marijuana.”
exercise, according to director“which is increasingly being held in police agencies across the country”.
As states and cities line up to reform existing cannabis laws and end marijuana prohibition, law enforcement in these jurisdictions has often had to catch up.
In Virginia, the first state in the southern United States to legalize recreational marijuana in 2021, officials began exploring options to crack down on stoned driving last year.
Virginia officials said the “oral fluid test” being considered to detect marijuana poisoning is similar to a “preliminary breath test,” which is a street alcohol test. Although not recognized by the FDA, it can help determine when cannabis has been consumed, and can be combined with other factors to give a probable cause for extensive blood testing. ” virginia pilot reported in December.
the newspaper said The official said, “Allow roadside screening devices where police officers and agents can have drivers swab their cheeks to collect saliva to be tested for marijuana and other drugs. He was considering changing state law.
In New York City, which will legalize recreational cannabis for adults in 2021, officials rushed last fall to develop a mechanism to determine if someone was too stoned to drive, so they said, “Hurry up. There is.”
“It is very important to identify drivers who are disabled by cannabis use…..but unlike alcohol, there is currently no evidence-based method for detecting impaired driving by cannabis,” he said. I read a note from New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s office.
A driving simulation in Montgomery County, Maryland, may be the wildest attempt yet.
of washington postthe story of “A recent session held on a Thursday evening in January, [that] It lasted for nearly 4 hours. “
“Participants were engaged in a 30-minute ‘consumption session’ followed by an in-building disability assessment, and the cycle was repeated. During the second consumption session, officers asked if any volunteers wanted to add alcohol to the mix.
“Who wants a bud light?” asked Lieutenant John O’Brien, leaning against the cooler. He then grabbed a large bottle of liquor: “Captain Morgan?”…None of the subjects returned home. They return via the cops who brought them in. All have medical cards and are reimbursed for the products they consume. “
of director Said “Montgomery is the leader of the cannabis lab program, also known as the Green Lab, which experts say operates in nearly 10 states.”