It comes as no surprise to anyone that many of the Republicans in Congress have an issue with the legalization of marijuana. They have been railing against it for years now – though not particularly successfully. Washington state and Colorado have already legalized the recreational use of marijuana and many other states are beginning to follow suit. Maryland and Washington DC have officially decriminalized marijuana (you are basically going to be getting a slap on the wrist when the law takes effect in October). Now that most of these old guys in Congress, including their cronies in the pharmacology business who have been lobbying them for years, (ie. expensive vacations, gifts and perks) have realized that their hopes and dreams of keeping marijuana out of the hands of the public have been squashed, they are making an attempt to regulate driving laws and more based on THC levels.
What do THC Levels Have to Do with Driving Laws in Maryland?
Good question. Not as much as you would think. Congressional Republicans are trying to equate THC levels in the blood to BAC for alcohol arrests. The interesting thing about this is that most studies have failed to show a significant correlation between weed use, THC and any specific or consistent level of impairment. In fact, some folks drive suspiciously well under the influence of marijuana – better than under the influence of alcohol, at any rate. These lawmakers would like to make it so that 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood would be considered too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle safely. The problem with this? 5 nanograms looks different on just about everyone. Those who frequently smoke could drive just fine with 5 nanometers in tests that were conducted – some of them were even found to have the 5 nanogram limit days after they had smoked and certainly were not impaired any longer. That is the true nature of the problem, ie. smoking on day #1 and still having illegal amounts of THC in your system days later even though no longer stoned.
Conversely, for the uninitiated pot smoker, 1 nanogram could have a more impairing effect then alcohol. Essentially, there is no real way to regulate it, but the folks over in the Congress have decided that they must find a way to regulate this matter, which is a little humorous since the folks in Congress have completely failed to agree on or get anything done over the last 6 years. There has not been a more paralyzed, polarized and useless Congress in US history. I digress, getting back, Congress is trying to use the lack of consistent THC/impairment results as a reason to dissuade people from voting to legalize marijuana; this of course will not happen because of that one little nasty work that runs everything in this world. Money! The states are seeing that there is too much tax revenue to be had in marijuana and that it is no different than, and it fact it is better than, alcohol. Once the brain trusts in Congress figure out how much additional Federal revenue is at stake here, I suspect they too will change their tune. It sounds like they are grasping at strings at this point – and chances are they are going to continue to be unsuccessful until the point where they decide to join the other side and start taxing and saving money on enforcement. When they do lose this antiquated war on marijuana, we will be the first to let you know that marijuana legalization is coming to Marylanders.
Maryland Criminal Lawyer
It’s important to keep in mind that decriminalization laws won’t officially become effective until October. If you are caught with marijuana or any other CDS or drug between now and then, it is still considered a criminal offense. You’ll need to retain an aggressive Maryland criminal defense attorney. To schedule your free consultation, give Robinson & Associates a call at 443-524-7395 or visit our website. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.