California considering DUI for trace amounts of THC


Tim Norris/LA Weekly.

A proposal in the state legislature could mean DUIs for drivers who aren’t stoned but who toked a few days ago.It would also hit motorists with even a trace of such prescription drugs as Ambien, Vicodin and even phentermine, a diet drug, with DUI cases if they’re stopped by cops who think they’re impaired.
Medical marijuana supporters are aghast. And they might have good reason to be.

Weed’s main ingredient, THC, can stay in your bloodstream for a few days, even if you’re long from being stoned. The cannabis community says laws like this (it was tried last year, unsuccessfully) will have the effect of persecuting regular medicinal users.
The bill, AB 2500, was recently introduced by Assemblyman Jim Frazier. It would mean that any detected amount of any controlled substance, including some prescription medicines, would be cause for a drunk-driving conviction.
Dennis Romero at the LA Weekly has the full story.