What You Need to Know About Marijuana Use and Driving
Among all eight of the states that allow adult use of marijuana, none allow use among people under age 21. None of the eight states allow marijuana impaired driving. Still, the processes for determining if a driver is under the influence of THC or is impaired by marijuana use continues to be challenged putting other people at risk. In addition, there is not a universally accepted measurement for impairment resulting in a patchwork of inconsistent laws and policies.
Who would not agree that, at a minimum, no measurable level of THC is acceptable for drivers under that age of 21 years old? This is the same standard set for alcohol and underage drivers.
In addition, much like our alcohol policies, no one should be driving a car with an open container of a marijuana product. All marijuana packing should contain label warnings about driving.
But that’s not enough: we need trained officers able to identify high drivers through behavioral tests. Those tests must be accompanied with modern, oral drug tests to determine if someone is high.