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States with medical marijuana laws have fewer traffic fatalities

12/31/16--States that passed medical marijuana laws have seen an 11% reduction in traffic fatalities on average, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Public Health. The most likely takeaway from this study is that medical marijuana laws are helping to decrease alcohol-related traffic fatalities among the age groups at highest risk, but other parts of this study don’t neatly line up behind any single conclusion. Read

Bay Area lawmakers concerned about marijuana and driving

12/29/16--Two Bay Area lawmakers, State Senator Jerry Hill of San Mateo and assemblyman Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley) of Campbell, say there's nothing in the newly passed Proposition 64 that says smoking pot while driving is illegal. Hill and Low have introduced Senate Bill 65, which would close a loophole in the law to make it consistent with alcohol use in a vehicle. Read

Arizona court makes huge ruling for MMJ cardholders accused of driving high

screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-12-05-04-pm12/23/16--An Arizona court ruling says medical marijuana cardholders accused of driving under the influence have options for showing in court that there wasn’t enough marijuana compound in their bodies to cause impairment. The Court of Appeals ruling Thursday vacates a man’s conviction for driving while marijuana or a marijuana compound was in his body and says he was entitled to present evidence that he wasn’t impaired. Read

A test for marijuana impairment? A UMass prof has an app for that

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-7-08-59-am11/20/16--Michael Milburn, a psychology professor at University of Massachusetts Boston, is trying to get his app that tests for marijuana impairment into the hands of law enforcement. He has created and self-funded DRUID, an acronym for for driving under the influence of drugs. It is a tablet-based app in which users are asked to perform a series of tasks in five minutes. Read

Marijuana breathalyzer being developed

screen-shot-2016-12-04-at-10-15-07-pm11/18/16--Police may soon have marijuana breathalyzers available to them to determine if a person is stoned. Mike Lynn with Hound Labs said his company has been working on a pot breathalyzer that would be able to detect both alcohol and marijuana, and it is expected to be available next year. Read

Spate of drugged driving deaths alarms U.S. regulators

screen-shot-2016-11-07-at-10-09-47-pm10/27/16--The percentage of traffic deaths in which at least one driver tested positive for drugs has nearly doubled over a decade, raising alarms as five states are set to vote on legalization of marijuana. Amid a disquieting increase in overall U.S. traffic fatalities, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has tracked an upswing in the percentage of drivers testing positive for illegal drugs and prescription medications. Read

Trooper’s widow makes emotional plea against legalizing marijuana

screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-9-29-11-am10/24/16--Reisa Clardy, the widow of a state trooper killed by a driver allegedly high on marijuana, is speaking out against legalization of the drug in a wrenching new web video. Her husband was killed in March when a medical marijuana patient swerved across the highway and slammed into his cruiser. Clardy says, “There’s going to be more accidents, there’s going to be more fatalities, you’re going to have families that are going to be without their loved ones.” Read

New study examines medical marijuana’s effects on drivers

screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-1-31-56-pm10/19/16--The University of California at San Diego's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research is in the early stages of conducting a two-year driving study that could help determine marijuana’s effects on driving with an emphasis on the key to understanding impaired driving. Read

Medical marijuana may be helping curb opioid use

fb-square-english-spanish9/15/16--A study conducted at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that there were fewer drivers killed in car crashes who tested positive for opioids in states with medical marijuana laws than before the laws went into effect. The study is one of the first to assess the link between state medical marijuana laws and opioid use at the individual level. Read

Marijuana breathalyzers to test California drivers for pot use

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-8-20-09-pm9/14/16--Hound Labs has developed a marijuana breathalyzer for distribution across police stations in the U.S. to begin a nationwide test to see if they can monitor people operating motor vehicles while under the influence of pot, and drivers in California were among the first to be tested. Read

New marijuana breathalyzer not only detects smoke, but edibles too

screen-shot-2016-09-27-at-10-32-00-am9/14/16--A new breathalyzer being tested by law enforcement not only can tell them if a person has been smoking marijuana, it can also tell if a person has eaten anything laced with marijuana. Read

Police find marijuana in car that crashed into house

screen-shot-2016-09-26-at-2-18-19-am9/10/16--Police say a driver who crashed his car into a house was arrested after drugs were found inside his car. Police say when officers looked inside the car, they spotted three bags of marijuana which contained about three to four pounds of the drug. Read

New driving test expands to cover marijuana, cellphones

fb-square-english-spanish9/12/16--The Washington Department of Licensing written knowledge test expanded in recent weeks — from 25 to 40 questions — to cover more of the topics today’s drivers are expected to understand, including driving under the influence of marijuana and leaving the cellphone alone. Read

Open wide for the potalyzer, a roadside saliva test for marijuana

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-11-10-32-am9/8/16--The new “potalyzer” designed by Stanford engineers applies the same magnetic nanotechnology used in cancer screenings to detect THC molecules in saliva after someone lights up, and to also measure the concentration of the drug in someone’s spit. Read