CANNABIS CONUNDRUM: Published letter
Source: Essex Evening Gazette [UK]
Pub Date: Wednesday 31 December 2003
Pub LTE: Cannabis conundrum
Author: Don Barnard (Legalise Cannabis Alliance) http://www.lca-uk.org
I agree with Jane Collier ("Driving concerns" Post bag Dec 10). The majority are surprisingly ignorant of the consequences of using cannabis.
Unlike alcohol - because there is no accepted level of blood concentration to prove impairment - The question of impairment through taking cannabis is far from clear-cut.
If there is no accepted level of blood concentration for most drugs - including cannabis - how do we define impairment! How could you prove impairment?
Further, there are many over-the-counter and prescription non-steroids anti inflammatory drugs or hemp seed oil products which allegedly show up for illegal cannabis use.
There is also a raft of medicine that may show up for other illegal drugs on some tests.
Cannabis users be warned - It's "Zero Tolerance" for cannabis and driving - Any person testing positive for cannabis use (you do not need to be driving your car at the time) will probably lose their driving license for a minimum of 6 months.
If you are convicted of possession of cannabis in your car you may asked to take a drug test at a later date.
If your number comes up for a random test at work after you festive binge - Bang goes your job also!
This raises social, legal and human right issues, if an individual can test positive for cannabis [other substance] without consuming it...
Especially where person's integrity, freedom or future prospects are at stake.
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