UMass Psychology Professor Designs Mobile App to Remove Subjectivity from Cannabis Impairment Testing

Psychology professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston Michael Milburn has developed a mobile application that tests response time as a means to measure impairment which, he contends, would be a more accurate tool than either saliva tests or drug recognition experts to determine whether a driver is impaired by cannabis or other drugs. The […]

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Timeline for Canadian Legalization Gets Murky as Senate Pushes for Drugged Driving Bill

The Canadian Senate is effectively stalling federal cannabis legalization as they push for drugged-driving legislation, according to a report from Investor Intel. According to their analysis of the situation, December 2018 would be the earliest legalization could occur and the chamber could delay the legislation to the next election, which would effectively kill both the […]

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Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Pushes for Roadside Saliva Tests

Vermont Commissioner of Public Safety Tom Anderson has told members of the House Transportation Committee that their highest priority this session should be passing legislation to allow law enforcement to use saliva drug tests if a driver is “reasonably suspected” of being impaired, according to a VT Digger report. The Vermont American Civil Liberties Union […]

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Prince Edward Island, Canada Releases New Provincial Rules for Cannabis Legalization

Officials in Prince Edward Island, Canada have offered more details on their cannabis legalization rules, announcing that adults 19-and-older will be allowed to possess up to 30 grams in public with no restrictions on limits in private residences, the CBC reports. The Department of Justice and Public Safety also announced that Canada’s Island Garden, OrganiGram, […]

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Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules Field Sobriety Tests Not Valid to Test Cannabis Impairment

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that field tests currently used to test for alcohol impairment cannot be used to determine if a driver is impaired by cannabis. In the ruling, Justice Frank Gaziano, pointed out that “there is no scientific agreement on whether, and if so, to what extent” the current field sobriety […]

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California Governor Signs Bill Fining Cannabis Use in Vehicles, Vetoes Packaging Measure

Under a California bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday, drivers and passengers in a vehicle caught consuming cannabis will be fined $70, the Los Angeles Times reports. The law includes smoking, vaping, or consuming cannabis-infused edibles, and is similar to the state’s open container law for alcohol. Sen. Jerry Hill, a Democrat, said […]

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U.S. Marijuana DUI Laws Not Based on Facts, AAA Study Finds

A study by AAA’s safety foundation found that driving under the influence of marijuana laws in the U.S. are not based on scientific research. Instead, researchers determined that the traditional method – testing for THC in the bloodstream – is not an adequate way of testing for impairment. According to the study, drivers with low levels of THC […]

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Examining Legal Marijuana’s DUI Landscape

Marijuana culture is changing rapidly in the United States. As more states decriminalize and even legalize marijuana use for medicinal and recreational reasons, the herb is quickly finding a new place in the American consciousness. This progression has spurred new developments in other industries and areas of the law. Most notably, these changes have caused […]

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