Driving while stoned.
It has become one of the most bewildering challenges for law enforcement in the age of legalization, as cops across the country struggle to align new cannabis laws in their jurisdiction with their mandate to keep roads safe.
the Washington Post He detailed how the Maryland Police Department, where voters approved a measure legalizing recreational pot last year, is preparing for a potential rise in disabled drivers on their roads.
According to the Washington PostAnd Montgomery County, Maryland holds a caucus two to three times a year.
“Montgomery County brings in marijuana smokers—literally you go pick them up in police cars—and drives them to the tent outside the training academy until they get stoned. Bags of Cheetos, bottled water, and lots of pizza on the house,” The report said. The participants are then used as test subjects for officers trying to determine if someone is too high to drive. This is not easy. Unlike people who drive while intoxicated, whose vulnerability can be measured by breath analysis and blood alcohol tests, it is difficult to distinguish it using pot.”
the exercise, According to the mailHe is increasingly being held at police agencies across the country.
As states and cities lined up to reform their existing cannabis laws and end pot bans, law enforcement in those jurisdictions often had to play catch-up.
In Virginia, which became the first state in the southern United States to legalize recreational cannabis in 2021, Officials are beginning to explore options Last year to eliminate driving with stones.
Virginia officials said the “oral fluid tests” under consideration for marijuana intoxication are similar to an “initial breath test” — a roadside test for alcohol. Although the test results are not admissible in court, they can help determine when the cannabis was consumed, and can be combined with other factors to obtain a possible cause for extensive blood testing,” he said. Virginia pilot reported in December.
The newspaper also said that officials were considering “changing state law to allow roadside screening devices where officers and deputies can ask a driver to swab his or her cheek to collect saliva to test for marijuana and other drugs.”
In New York, which legalized recreational cannabis for adults in 2021, Officials are said to be “scrambling” last fall while they were racing to develop a mechanism to determine whether or not someone was too confined to drive.
“Identifying drivers with disabilities due to cannabis use is critical…..however, unlike alcohol, there are currently no evidence-based methods for detecting driving with cannabis use,” read a note from New York Governor Cathy Hochul’s office.
The cobblestone driving simulator in Montgomery County, Maryland may be the most innovative effort yet.
the Washington Poststory give an account” of a recent session held on the Thursday night of January, [that] It lasted nearly four hours.”
Participants participated in a 30-minute “consumption session,” followed by in-building vulnerability assessments, and repeated the cycle. During the second consumption session, officers asked if any volunteers wanted alcohol added to the mix.
“Who wants buds of light?” asked Lieutenant John O’Brien, leaning on a cooler. Then he grabbed a large bottle of wine: “Captain Morgan?” … none of the people drove home. They come back via the cops who brought them in. They all carry medical use cards and are reimbursed for the product they ingest.”
the mail He said that “Montgomery pioneered the Cannabis Labs Program, also called Green Labs, which experts say is operating in nearly 10 states.”