May 21, 2013 Leave a comment
Last year I mentioned an interesting dilemma facing states that have legalized marijuana. That dilemma is how to measure driving while under the influence of marijuana. One response said:
Have you ever heard of a wreck being caused by being high on marijuana? No, you might have seen someone get a ticket for driving too slow but that’s about it.
Unfortunately, it does happen. A driver suspected of being under the influence of marijuana was recently charged in the death of a pedestrian in Vancouver, Washington. A New York teen was recently charged for the death of four individuals after causing a wreck and testing positive for marijuana. A Skokie, Illinois woman was likewise recently charged after a multi-car pileup resulted in the death of an eight year old child.
Legislation setting standards and penalties for driving while high is currently sitting on Governor John Hickenlooper’s desk in Colorado. Before the law could even take effect, a lawsuit was apparently filed by a resident claiming the limit was too low for frequent users.
There will be a constant struggle between marijuana users and the government to determine how to measure impairment in these cases. Regardless of how it turns out, every single life lost is one too many.