Wednesday, February 20, 2013

California Takes a Look at Zero Tolerance Drugged Driving Law, Reveals Potentially Confusing Implementation

California State Senator Lou Correa is proposing a "zero tolerance" law for drugged driving. Correa describes the bill as an expansion of existing drunk driving laws, reports KPBS.

The proposed bill would outlaw any levels of Schedules I through IV when anyone gets behind the wheel. This would include illegal drugs to over the counter drugs like non-drowsy cold and allergy medicine. (You can see where this is going, don't you?)

The proposed bill also makes no distinctions regarding medical marijuana. The debate surrounding Washington state's legalization put the spotlight on how long THC remains detectable in the body — which current research pegs at a month.

Think you'd be safe with a bona fide prescription for traditional pills and not a recommendation for cannabis? Think again. The law would make criminals out of anyone with any medication or drugs in their system, regardless of recommendation or prescription.

Opponents of the bill are calling for an impairment test instead of a "zero tolerance" law.

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