Maine considers testing drivers for pot impairment

by Scott Thistle  |  published on May 12, 2015

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Lawmakers on the Legislature’s Transportation Committee will consider a bill Tuesday that would allow police to test drivers for operating under the influence of marijuana — or more precisely the plant’s active ingredient, THC.

The bill calls for a blood-level limit that’s modeled on alcohol blood-level limits set in Maine law, and it would allow police to use new breath-testing equipment as it’s developed.

Opponents, including lawmakers and defense lawyers, are raising concerns that nanogram impairment standards for marijuana are not based in the best science.

Colorado, which legalized recreational marijuana in 2013, uses the 5-nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood standard, but Washington state, which also legalized marijuana, uses a 25-nanogram standard.

The Maine bill also makes driving under the influence of marijuana at the 5-nanogram level a criminal offense that leads to an automatic driver’s license suspension that’s equivalent to the suspensions issued for drunken driving.

  • Ace Dragon

    YOU DRINK, OR USE ANY OTHER DRUG BUT WEED, YOU CAN’NT DRIVE FINE. YOU SMOKE WEED AND DRINK, OR DUE OTHER DRUGS YOUR AN IDIOT. I’M 63 AND HAVE BEEN SMOKING OFF AND ON FOR 50 YEARS. NEVER DRANK AND SMOKED POT AND DROVE. I HAVE SMOKED POT AND DROVE WITH NO IMPAREMENT. YOU ALSO NEED A WARRANT FOR A BLOOD TEST.

  • cool breeze

    BEWARE, you drive drunk or stoned or both, and you have involve me in YOUR wreck, you best hope that the cops show up quick because they will be the only ones willing to help you. And if i am able to move you wont make to your destination

    • Ace Dragon

      OH NO, A GUY WHO THINKS HE’S A BAD ASS! GO STUFF YOURSELF MORON!

      • cool breeze

        and how many family members have you buried because a drunk driver killed em

  • iprazhm

    Oh Goodie! Now we get to redo allllllll those research studies we’ve already done on the impairments caused by smoking dope! What I want to know is how some legislatures in Maine lost their buzz enough to even CONSIDER testing drivers for pot impairment?

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