Despite the fact that recreational marijuana is legal for adults in ten states (plus Washington DC), I haven’t seen many videos online showing motorists accused of impairment due to weed.
In line with this channel’s MO, let’s change that.
Related background information:
In this video you will hear mention of the fact that Washington State established a blood level THC cutoff for per se impairment.
Interestingly, as time has gone by law enforcement, law-makers and scientists have learned that the figure is not particularly reliable. Even Washington Traffic Safety Commission research director Staci Hoff has stated on the record that the number is completely arbitrary. “[The per se blood limit for THC of 5ng/ml wasn’t backed by scientific theories then, and it’s not backed by scientific theories now,” said Hoff.
Though the per se limit for alcohol is not perfect (as tolerance dramatically changes effects), .08% is a better predictor of intoxication than the limit for THC. That’s because THC is a fat soluble drug. According to Hoff, chronic users of chronic [okay, she didn’t say that] who haven’t smoked recently could still exhibit a blood THC level of 10 – 20 ng per ml , but not be impaired. Conversely, someone who smokes for the first time might register no THC in their blood while still being too impaired to drive.
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