Voters in Massachusetts will soon decide whether or not to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in their state. The bill has both proponents and opponents. If the bill passes, then the sale of marijuana would be taxable.
Opponents of the legislation argue that legalizing marijuana may lead to increased problems with impaired driving. They state that there are no reliable tests that can be used to determine whether or not a driver is high when they are driving. Police and prosecutors say that drugged driving cases involving marijuana are difficult for them to prove and prosecute. Officers point out that if they spot edibles in a vehicle, such as brownies or cupcakes, they have no way of knowing whether they should take them in as possible evidence.
The bill’s proponents argue that technology is rapidly advancing. A spokesperson with the ‘Yes on 4’ campaign said that there are studies currently being conducted into testing that police could use in order to determine if someone recently used marijuana. According to him, the instrument being tested is a handheld instrument that police could use in the field. People place their fingertip on it, and the instrument is supposed to detect recent marijuana use from the sweat on the fingertips. Opponents argue that the technology won’t be ready for use until long after the vote on Nov. 8.
People who are convicted of drugged driving face multiple penalties. Those who are charged with the offense might want to seek help from a criminal defense attorney who has experience with these. An attorney might identify constitutional problems with how the stop and search were conducted, for example, which could lead to a dismissal of the charges.