The Difficulties of Designing Technology to Detect Stoned Drivers

The possibility of widespread legalization of marijuana possession appears more likely each passing year, with two states currently conducting large-scale experiments in whether this approach can work acceptably. However, one big issue that supporters of legalization face is the issue of creating legal standards to prohibit individuals under the influence of the drug from operating a vehicle. This is a substantial problem, and one that resists an easy solution.

Some have argued for implementing a law prohibiting driving above a certain ratio of THC per milliliter of blood, with the usual standard being argued for at five nanograms. However, there are a number of problems with this approach. For one, heavy users, such as medical marijuana patients, may have this type of THC blood concentration at all times, even when they aren’t high. Furthermore, testing for it can be difficult: blood tests are problematic and highly invasive.

One innovation, a technology which may be able to detect THC in a user’s blood through testing the sweat in an individual’s fingerprint, is currently being developed in the UK, and may be available for sale in the U.S. by the end of 2013, though it will have to complete FDA approval before law enforcement agencies can use it.

If you have been charged with marijuana possession, make sure to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer today. An attorney will be able to guide you through your case to make sure that you are protected.

2 Responses to “The Difficulties of Designing Technology to Detect Stoned Drivers”

  1. Sheldon says:

    When will people learn to not drive cars while they are inebriated? I’ve seen so many cases of intoxicated drivers hurting innocent people while working alongside the Woodson Law Firm. It has got to stop!

  2. BB Law Group says:

    With the advent of medical marijuana across America, I think devices like these will be an important asset to our justice system.

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