New Bill On Legal Limit of THC in Drivers Blood
Just like driving under the influence of alcohol, the state of Michigan is looking at a bill to do the same for those driving under the influence of recreational and medical marijuana.
According to FOX 17, the bill is to create a set legal limit for how much THC is in a person's system when they are behind the wheel of a vehicle. Right now the state is looking at 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood.
This is going to be tricky and sticky because this is all new to the state of Michigan and how does a person know when they are at 5 nanograms or less in their blood stream?
Since the state will have to have a way to test drivers seems they might make a home test for those have smoked recently but have no idea what is left in their system.
Even the scientists are skeptical of setting THC levels because they fall so quickly. FOX 17 reported that the professor of pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University Norbert Kaminski said, "we don't want to charge people with impaired driving if they are not impaired. you can imagine somebody who is above the legal limit several days after thy have smoked cannabis are not going to be impaired anymore but they would certainly be over some of these limits that we are discussing."
It is very clear and cut and dry when test blood alcohol levels with a certainty, but with THC it is not clear because even though the person has not smoked in a particular day that may be stopped by police, what they did the day before could get them into trouble even though they are not impaired. This will turn into false convictions and more than likely, more racial profiling.
I wouldn't put any pot bumper stickers on your vehicle, its like advertising to the po po to get pulled over.
There are a handful of states that already have laws on the books like Illinois, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington. Michigan has a zero tolerance policy for drivers who drive while high but that is through a sobriety test that is conducted by an officer.
Hopefully the state finds a better way to test people and rely more on science to help decide what is right and not is just another income source by the state like DUI's have become.
Granted this past year, the police have eased up since we were in a pandemic but soon the state is gonna want to see that revenue again. As we open up more, cops will be pulling people over more.
So don't drink and drive and don't get high and drive...it will save you lots of money.