A recent report released by the American Automobile Association (AAA) questions the way that law enforcement agencies have been determining the impairment of cannabis-using drivers. In the five states where THC blood-testing is required to determine the impairment of someone believed to be driving while under the influence of cannabis, AAA claims that these states are conducting inefficient tests which will actually not determine the level of impairment based on the level of THC in an individual’s system.
This issue is not just present in states that allow for the recreational use of cannabis, but is also present in states that provide medical marijuana licenses and instituted zero-tolerance laws, giving law enforcement the right to charge even medical patients, whom have not ingested cannabis for hours prior to driving, with Driving Under the Influence.
These tests work to determine impairment measure the level of THC in an individual’s bloodstream, and compare it to a legal threshold limit, much like Blood-Alcohol Content tests, however the AAA claims in their report that individuals will present evidence of impairment with varying levels of THC composition, making it impossible to present an accurate baseline of testing.
Based on this evidence, AAA has recommended to the states whom test for cannabis impairment in this way ought to put these testing forms to rest and train law enforcement officers to test for behavioral indicators before turning to a supplemental THC blood test.
Although this proves that THC in the bloodstream doesn’t indicate any impairment, there is still yet to be the actual conclusion whether or not the effects of marijuana actually impair driving at all or not, so stay safe out there!