Monday, March 12, 2012

California DUI - mj law automatically makes any driver found with above-zero levels of cannabinoids presumptively guilty of DUI, San Diego lawyers say

A questionable California DUI bill to make up a zero-tolerance driving under the influence (DUI) threshold law for marijuana is being discussed in California Legislature, attorneys in San Diego learned today.

This proposed California DUI - mj law automatically makes any driver found with above-zero levels of cannabinoids in blood or urine presumptively guilty of DUI, San Diego lawyers noting its unfairness and irrationality, as follows:

​1. No scientific basis for zero-tolerance DUI marijuana standards exists as there is no relationship between impairment and the presence of cannabinoids in urine.

2. There is no relationship between impairment and the presence of non-psychoactive cannabinoid metabolites in blood.

3. There is extensive evidence that safe driving is not incompatible with low levels of THC in the blood.

4. Since cannabinoids remain in the system for days or weeks after last use, the bill would effectively outlaw driving by every marijuana user in the state.


View AB 2552 - visit this California Assembly Bill site.