The state of New York might be simply days from legalizing the sale of leisure marijuana, and it is elevating a whole lot of concern within the regulation enforcement neighborhood, notably in terms of hold our roadways secure.
Drunk driving has been an issue in New York, because it has been in each state however driving below the affect of marijuana is an entire new drawback that regulation enforcement companies say may put individuals in danger.
Critics point to Colorado, where fatal car accidents linked to marijuana use did increase after it was legalized. Proponents, however, point to the state of Washington, where it stayed level.
News 12 was told the Legislature has a deal on legalization in New York. It appears the law enforcement piece isn’t complete.
Mount Pleasant Police Chief Paul Oliva says enforcing DUI laws involving marijuana is very different than alcohol.
“There’s not a lot of guidance,” he says. “With alcohol, .08 is the legal limit, with marijuana and THC there’s no data that we have to base an arrest off of other than ability impaired.”
News 12 was told companies are working on a saliva test to determine if someone has marijuana in their system and that at least initially, drivers suspected of being under the influence would be issued a citation – the equivalent of a speeding ticket – and not face a crime.