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AB 2552: Misguided From Every Angle by Patrick Goggin
Assembly member Norma Torres (D-CA) introduced AB 2552 earlier this legislative session. The bill would effectively criminalize driving with any detectible level of THC in the system. None. The ramifications of such a bill becoming law are tremendous indeed.
Never mind that government testing is unreliable – the lack of minimum levels would not only criminalize medical cannabis patients but the millions among us who consume healthy hemp foods. Other states like Colorado are considering legislation similar to Torres’ and together they have sparked a debate over what minimum levels should be reasonably established to recognize medical cannabis patients and hemp food consumers.
Torres’ short-sited legislation and its ilk should be emphatically rejected by the respective state legislatures. Alternatively, the legislatures should work with cannabis industry leaders to establish reasonable standards if they want enact to measured laws to minimize driving under the influence.
Pat Robertson tells the New York Times “I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol,” Mr. Robertson said in an interview on Wednesday. “I’ve never used marijuana and I don’t intend to, but it’s just one of those things that I think: this war on drugs just hasn’t succeeded.”
Robertson argues that legalizing cannabis is a way to bring down soaring rates of incarceration and reduce the social and financial costs. His closing statement in the article is “I just want to be on the right side,” he said. “And I think on this one, I’m on the right side.”