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New Traffic Laws For Colorado and Washington in light of new drug laws?

Marijuana-Traffic-LawsWith Colorado and Washington’s new laws legalizing recreational marijuana use, some police officials are worried about how this will affect traffic laws in the states.

Increased worry about drug use

Smoking marijuana can cause slowed reaction times and dizziness.  It’s just as unsafe as driving under the influence of alcohol, and just as illegal. Naturally, the latest legalization of marijuana bothers authorities in Washington and Colorado.  If driving under the influence of alcohol isn’t a big enough problem, driving high poses a new major threat to commuters.  While officers can give sobriety tests and breathalyzers to drunk drivers, there is not a great way to test for the level of marijuana impairment while driving. At least not yet.

New traffic laws for states that legalized marijuana?

As it is now, drugged driving offenses are results of police observations and blood tests.  Supporters of drug legalization agree that driving and smoking should be illegal and that there must be some traffic law equivalent to a DUI or DWI, but agreeing on what point it becomes dangerous is the main issue. But one thing is certain – driving and smoking isn’t recommended. It’s dangerous and puts the driver, passengers and other drivers on the road in harm’s way.

ARCpoint Labs and testing for marijuana

Although our state didn’t legalize marijuana, as a walk-in drug testing lab, we know all too well that just because it’s illegal, that doesn’t mean people aren’t doing it. We see cases each day where individuals are using marijuana – and unfortunately, where some are driving under the influence of marijuana.

The great thing about ARCpoint Labs of Worcester is that we can be on-site within minutes of a phone call in the event that marijuana use and traffic become an issue. Our trained team can come to the site of an accident and take the proper collections so that substance abuse may be determined. Determining marijuana use may not seem as easy as giving a breathalizer to determine alcohol, but with our team – it may just be even simpler.

Make sure to keep our number handy in case you ever need drug testing… (774) 314-9551. We’re just a call away.

  1. November 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Oh boy, I can only imagine the can of worms that was opened with these new laws. Will be curious to see how it goes.

  2. November 27, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    I hope that those who choose to take advantage of the new laws will be responsible and not drive while under the influence.

  3. November 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    I wonder if they will come up with a test for law enforcement to use when they suspect a driver is high that they can use on site. You guys offer a great service!

  4. December 3, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    It’s a great idea for law enforcement to have a portable identifier for marijuana. Thanks for posting!

  5. December 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I hope they figure something out quick.

  6. December 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    There will definitely have to be many new laws created to control the recreational legalization of marijuana. Good post!

  7. December 8, 2012 at 4:30 am

    I think what I find so interesting with marijuana being legal in both Colorado and Washington is that even though it is legal to own it, there are no legal avenues for the average person to purchase the drug.

  8. March 6, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    It seems as if Arizona will be the next one to legalize marijuana. If you need the best expungment attorney in phoenix. Naegle Law Firm is the place for you.

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