In just two months, California’s recreational marijuana law takes effect, raising the specter of a possible increase in fatal or injury crashes in which drivers are under the influence of the drug.
It has also led to questions of enforcement, given there currently is no law in place determining how much THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, a person has to have in his or her system to be considered impaired while driving.
With the voter-approved passage last year of Prop. 64 legalizing adult-use marijuana, studies are underway to help determine just how much pot is too much to drive. The Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at UC San Diego received a $1.8 million grant from the state to gather data including levels of marijuana dosage and impairment.
In the meantime, the District Attorney’s office will continue to “aggressively prosecute” all cases of driving while impaired, including those involving marijuana, said Assistant District Attorney Scott Spielman.
“Even though the law has now legalized its recreational use in the state, it’s still a violation of federal law, and it’s illegal to be using marijuana in a motor vehicle and certainly to be impaired and driving a motor vehicle,” he said.
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