the freeway. In fact, it'd probably be best for everyone if you'd stay
your stoned ass home on the couch. There's a reason God invented pizza
that California's DUI laws shouldn't apply to Marijuana. While many
automatically assume that pot affects the ability to safely operate a
vehicle, Taylor and Casey said two federal studies do not support that.
which in its understandable quest for respectability is very cautious
around the stoned driving issue, grants: "...emerging scientific
research indicates that cannabis actually has far less impact on the
psychomotor skills needed for driving than alcohol does, and is seldom
a causal factor in automobile accidents."
attorneys -- who could certainly benefit from the name recognition as "The pot DUI guys" -- point out that while the California Department of Justice has
found that Marijuana impairs driving, the U.S. Department of
Transportation's studies contradict this."There are two federal studies
that have come to that conclusion that although Marijuana can impact
someone's short-term memory, when somebody is concentrating on the task
of driving that really there was no measurable impact," Casey told
10News in San Diego.
Department of Transportation (DOT) found that
"it appears not possible to conclude anything about a driver's
impairment on the basis of his/her plasma concentration of THC."
Taylor, known as the "Dean of DUI Attorneys," points to another
more recent report. Titled "Marijuana and Actual Performance"
(DOT-HS-808-078), it also found that "THC is not a profoundly impairing
drug....It apparently affects controlled information processing in a
variety of laboratory tests, but not to the extent which is beyond the
individual's ability to control when he is motivated and permitted to
do so in driving." Voila!: The Little Old Lady Effect.
first of all, according to the DOT, there is no association between
Marijuana intoxication and driving impairment. But that's not the
biggest problem with detecting THC in bodily fluids.
glaring weakness of tests which detect THC, as opposed to alcohol
sobriety tests, is that Marijuana metabolites stay in the body for at
least 30 days -- long after any impairment associated with being "high"
is gone. Therefore the mere presence of THC or its metabolites in a
blood, urine, hair, or saliva sample is meaningless when it comes to
to attorneys Taylor and Casey: (1) Marijuana may not impair driving
ability at all, and (2) the blood "evidence" only measures an
inactive substance which may have been there for days.