California DUI Rising 2020

It is unlawful to drive while under the influence of marijuana or alcohol or any other drug by Vehicle Code 23152. “Under the influence” is not explicitly defined in the statute, but is interpreted to imply some degree of impairment. Therefore the mere fact of having taken a toke of marijuana does not necessarily mean one is DUI. For evidence of impairment, officers may administer a field sobriety test. Arrestees may also be required to submit to a blood or urine test under Vehicle Code 23612 or else forfeit their licenses. Since marijuana is detectable for much longer periods in urine than in blood (several days vs. several hours), a positive urine test constitutes much weaker proof of recent use and impairment than a positive blood test. In some jurisdictions, police are testing motorists with oral swab tests. Under current law, police cannot compel you to take a swab test like they can a blood or urine test. Oral swab tests can detect marijuana for a couple of hours to as long as a day or more after use.

As it stands, the earlier pilot program is set to expire on October 31. The senators aren’t alone in requesting an extension, as state agriculture departments and a major hemp industry group made a similar request to both Congress and USDA last month.

With marijuana's still-illegal federal status, dispensaries don't have many options when it comes to banking institutions, which face penalties of handling these businesses' money. In other words: Bring cash. While some dispensaries may take debit cards, don't count on it. There's nothing sadder than an enthusiastic dispensary shopper that has to leave empty-handed for lack of appropriate payment. In addition to cash, make sure you have a valid government-issued ID with you to prove your age. Out-of-state identification is OK.

(This is the second of three stories marking the two-year anniversary of the start of legal recreational cannabis sales in California. Part 3 will examine what industry insiders believe the future holds for the state’s marijuana industry. The first installment, which investigated the overall impact of the illicit market on California’s legal cannabis market, is available here.) 

“I’ve never been philosophically opposed to a retail market, I just have concerns about that,” the governor told WCAX in a separate new interview. If marijuana sales are legalized, Scott said it will be important to “make sure we’re doing this the right way with our eyes wide open and that we’re protecting the citizens of Vermont.”

Once again California took something simple & screwed it up. No one who grew for pain or pleasure wanted Prop64 to pass. I cannot imagine how frustrating it must be to work with this states legislative bodies. Just look at Calavaras County, man did that county put the jackboots to all the folks who were welcomed & encouraged to come grow there prior to the passage of Prop64. None of us, grower, seller, or user wants to buy the street stuff. Most of us know there’s no oversite especially to pesticide use & most of us who care about our planet positively HATE what illegal growers are doing to the water & land. I applaud those of you trying to make this work & pray you can. It is a phenomenal plant with so many uses beside medicinal & recreational. It is a great agricultural crop & could really be beneficial on so very very many levels. Hope you folks in the trenches can get it done. Blessings

splat on January 30th, 2020 - 9:41pm The saddest part of legalization is that it was done as a means to collect more taxes, not because it was the right thing to do – to finally admit the war on drugs was simply a war on people. Then’s no end to the greed amongst politicians. And no right to outweigh the wrongs. Reply

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