Pubdate: Thu, 04 Jan 2018
Source: Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON)
Copyright: 2018 Sun Media
Author: Larry Comeau
Page: 4


Re: "Sleeping driver found with drugs," Dec. 28.

This may well be an indication of what we can expect when marijuana
becomes legal next summer, and it should trouble everyone, especially
the police. Since pot was legalized in Colorado and Washington states,
the number of road deaths have doubled.

In Canada, there still is no simple roadside test for impairment by
marijuana consumption, as Trudeau placed the cart before the horse by
legalizing pot so quickly.

Unlike alcohol, which is excreted from the system in about 12 hours,
the THC in marijuana that causes someone to get stoned remains in the
system for many, many days. This means someone may ended up driving
impaired without having smoked marijuana recently, or having smoked a
small amount.

No wonder the chiefs of police have said they simply are not ready for
marijuana legalization.

Larry Comeau

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