Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Another bad bill at the gate - makes it illegal to drive a car with ANY LEVEL of MJ in your system.

As I have reported previously, this time of year we see all kinds of crazy bills being proposed.  This latest from Assembly person Norma Torres (a Democrat no less) would make it illegal to drive a car with ANY LEVEL of cannabinoids in your system.  So if you were exposed to MJ two weeks previously and a blood test showed MJ in your system you would be guilty of a DUI - even if you were totally sober at the time.

Also, would this give police more reasons to pull you over in the car?  What it you have a Grateful Dead sticker on your car?  Is that probable cause under this law?

(Torres D) Driving under the influence.
Current Text: Introduced: 2/24/2012
Summary: Current law prohibits a person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug to drive a vehicle. This bill would make it a crime for a person who has any level of cannabinoids or synthetic cannabinoid compound, as defined, in his or her blood or urine to drive a vehicle. This bill would establish a rebuttable presumption that a person had cannabinoids or synthetic cannabinoid compound in his or her blood or urine at the time he or she drove a vehicle if the substance is present in his or her blood or urine at the time of a chemical test performed within three hours after driving. This bill would impose a state-mandated local program by expanding the definition of a crime. This bill contains other related provisions and other current laws.

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