Marijuana Advocates Oppose California DUI Bill
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Marijuana Advocates Oppose California DUI Bill

Assemblywoman Norma Torres, D-Chino, has introduced contentious legislation that could conceivably mean DUI convictions for unimpaired drivers, according to opponents of the bill.

Assemblywoman Norma Torres, D-Chino, has introduced contentious legislation that could conceivably mean DUI convictions for unimpaired drivers, according to opponents of the bill. The bill aims to make it a crime for drivers to operate a vehicle with any level of marijuana in their blood or urine.

But unlike the relatively quick burnoff rate of alcohol from one’s system, advocates say marijuana compounds, or cannabinoids, can remain detectable in the body after the last use of the substance for up to 30 days. This difference is at the center of the controversy.

“For one thing, I think the cases would be thrown out of court because you can’t prove the person was intoxicated, because they could have used 30 days before then,” said Christopher Kenner of Rancho Cucamonga, who takes medicinal marijuana to relieve pain from pancreatitis.

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