by Olivier on 02/02/2018 | Consumption

Cannabis and driving

Cannabis News Network The police are now checking motorists not just for alcohol but also for other drugs such as cannabis. This is punishing patients just as much as recreational users. The effects this is having, and why we need solutions now, are explored in this article from the Cannabis News Network.

The wave of legalisation is advancing. However, for many cannabis users it is still unclear if and how much cannabis is permitted when driving. The Cannabis News Network listened to what was said at the third international symposium on the topic of “Driving under the influence of drugs”.

The current situation is that the authorities will require a blood test if there is suspicion of cannabis consumption, in order to check whether the national THC limit has been exceeded. This is similar to alcohol, but that is where the problem starts.

Cannabis works differently from alcohol and should therefore be tested in a different way. THC can be detected in the blood up to 30 days after consumption, but, of course, that does not mean that you should not drive during that entire time. Regular users and people who need cannabis for medicinal reasons will always be over the limit if they are checked by police. The saliva tests used by the police are not very accurate either.

Jan Ramaekers, Professor at the University of Maastricht, points out another related problem. Patients being treated for pain drive better (literally) if they have taken their medicine or cannabis. In addition, there are growing indications that if you use cannabis regularly, it does not affect your ability to drive.

Opinions on the way cannabis and driving should be treated differ widely. One thing is clear, however. We need solutions, now! The consequences of a positive drug test can be devastating for a person.

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Kim Ballard

Well for me all good things come to an end, I'm a 68+ year old man who started smoking hash at 15 Years old, I started drug driving at 18 I've smoked herb or hash nearly every day until the drug test was introduced, not now need to keep my licence.
I'm still not sure how long I have to wait from my last vape to test negative if stopped, believe it or not I have never had an accident my fault or otherwise in 50 Years of driving under the drug influence in the UK, France, Spain and Morocco.
I truly believe I'm far more aware under the influence but we are not all the same and so approve of the testing, it's just the test level and time after last smoke or vape to test negative if stopped and tested, and for all like me now a medicinal user for fibromyalgia I guess what's needed is an accurate home test kit.
Another point is there will be more uninsured banned drug drivers on the road on top of the banned drunk drivers so that problem has doubled.

04/02/2018

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