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If recreational marijuana is approved in November, what level THC in the bloodstream constitutes “impaired” driving?

Marijuana related crash  Near Astoria - OSP photo

Marijuana related crash
Near Astoria – OSP photo

With alcohol at the wheel, the driver merely needs to breathe into a tube or allow a blood draw to determine whether he or she was drunk behind the wheel. The law also provides that even though a driver may to have a .08 blood-alcohol level, an officer’s opinion that the driver was “impaired via alcohol” can carry a very heavy weight in court.

What authorities are learning, is that marijuana ingredients are elusive and tend to be hard to track leading to a big credibility gap in determining when someone is “too high to drive.” Juries want specifics in order to convict. Lacking that they cannot find someone guilty if there is reasonable doubt about the evidence.

Here’s the full story in the Oregonian. Click here.

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