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)





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.


Don Barnard

Legalise Cannabis Alliance

Aetheric Road


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