We blogged recently about the invention of a marijuana breathalyzer to help law enforcement officials effectively gauge the amount of marijuana in a driver’s system. Two Ohio students are now putting their money where their mouths are (literally) with a different test to help police enforce drugged driving laws – a saliva test. The device bears the superhero-esque name “the Cannibuster,” and the inventors hope to market it in states with legal weed. This test would be a vast improvement over the current sluggish system of blood tests, which require either an Emergency Medical Squad at the scene of the DUI stop or a trip for the driver to a hospital to have their blood screened. Even if a squad on scene performs the test, it can take up to six weeks for the results to come back.
Is Driving High Dangerous?
Marijuana studies have shown that the drug can impair decision-making and impede multitasking, making weed dangerous when a toker gets behind the wheel. One difference between high drivers and drunk drivers, though, is that high drivers will often realize that they are impaired and become overcautious. They might adopt a more elderly approach to speed, or perhaps sit and wait for the stop sign to turn green before rolling through an intersection. Naturally, getting cross-faded (combining weed and alcohol, or so we’re told) removes this extra caution and is more dangerous than either substance alone.
Colorado has a legal limit for the level of THC (the chemical in marijuana that provides the buzz) set at less than 5 nanograms in the blood, but this limit is problematic because marijuana can stay in the system for a very long time. This means a driver may still test positive for impairment under Colorado law even if he or she had not smoked in a while. Because of this, you should contact a marijuana DUI attorney after any drugged driving arrest. Check out our marijuana FAQs for more information.
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