Although there is not yet an effective means for determining marijuana impairment, one California lawmaker has set out to pass a law in the upcoming legislative session authorizing the state’s highway patrol to start testing every motorist they suspect is driving high.

Earlier this week, Assemblyman Tom Lackey, a 28-year-veteran with the California Highway Patrol, introduced a piece of legislation (Assembly Bill 6) intended to give police officers the right to use roadside testing devices on drivers they believe are under the influence of marijuana. The proposal was designed to combat the increase in pot consumers that Lackey predicts will hit the streets now that Golden State voters have decided to make weed fully legal.

“California cannot wait any longer to take meaningful action against drugged driving now that voters have passed Proposition 64,” Lackey told HIGH TIMES in an emailed statement. “Using new technology to identify and get stoned drivers off the road is something we need to embrace.”

Not unlike the protocol that goes along with administering a breathalyzer for alcohol, Assembly Bill 6 would allow cops to collect the saliva from anyone they consider stoned. This would spell bad news for the state’s medical marijuana patients, as well as those who can now use the herb for recreational purposes, since these types of roadside testing methods are ineffective in gauging actual impairment.


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