Tuesday, May 10, 2016

California Lawmakers Working to Jail Sober Drivers Collide with Science

By David Downs
Tue, May 10, 2016 at 9:44 AM

Every year, California lawmakers work to imprison automobile drivers who are sober, based on an arbitrary and unscientific amount of marijuana byproducts in their body.

But this year, Assembly Bill 2740 is about to have a huge, head-on collision with science.

Sponsored by Reps. Evan Low (Silicon Valley) and Rep. Tom Lackey, AB 2740 sits in the Assembly “Suspense File” — meaning its approval is pending on other Sacramento business, usually related to budgeting.

As it sat in the Suspense File this morning, the widely respected automotive group AAA released a bombshell of study adding to the proof such a law would be unscientific, unjust, wasteful, and dangerous, because it takes cops and prosecutors’ focus off real road dangers.

“There is no evidence from the data collected ... that any objective threshold exists that established impairment, based on THC concentrations measured in specimens collected from cannabis-positive subjects placed under arrest for impaired driving,” the AAA report “An Evaluation of Data from Drivers Arrested for Driving Under the Influence in Relation to Per se Limits for Cannabis” finds.

A regular medical cannabis patient or wellness user might easily test over AB 2740’s unscientific threshold of five nanograms of THC, per milliliter of blood, so California NORML is telling medical marijuana patients, as well as responsible drivers to contact their representative today to kill AB 2740 and prevent the criminalization of sober drivers.

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