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Saliva Testing Drivers For Marijuana/THC

Regular readers of this blog know that I try to keep them informed about new methods of detecting marijuana (THC) in the body of drivers.  For instance, you may wish to review my 2019 post here and my 2015 post here.  In addition to breath tests, a saliva test has now been studied.  If perfected, this method will likely be used by law-enforcement officers as part of their investigatory procedures to determine if someone is driving under the influence of ... Read More »

A New Breath Test Prototype For Detecting THC

According to an article published in Prosperous, a team from the University of Pittsburgh, including Dr. Ervin Sejdic, has created a breath testing device that can trace levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in a person’s breath. THC is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. These researchers developed it through the use of carbon nanotubes, which are miniscule tubes of carbon 100,000x tinier than a human hair. According to this news article, the cannabinoid THC as well as other ... Read More »

Does Marijuana Usage Impair One’s Ability to Drive?

Substantiating British research from many years ago, a car crash study reported on May 20, 2019 in the online version of the journal Addiction, found no statistically significant relationship between drivers testing positive for Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or other drugs and those who did not in contributing to a motor vehicle collisions. The study was based on 3005 injured drivers and police reports on 2318.  In particular, the findings found no statistically significant relationship between testing positive for THC and the risk ... Read More »

Increased DUI Penalties Make It More Difficult For Americans To Travel To Canada

Periodically, when the need arises to provide information that Mr. Oberman does not feel qualified to give, guest posts are provided to the readers of this blog.  Given that Mr. Oberman is not licensed to practice law in Canada and the fact that he does not practice in the field of immigration law, he asked Canadian attorney Marisa Feil to write a guest blog about the implications relating to Canadian Bill C-46, which will take effect in December of 2018.  ... Read More »

Drugged Driving Now More Dangerous than Alcohol

The crime of Driving Under the Influence (DUI, DWI, OWI, etc.) may be committed by driving while impaired due to any intoxicant or combination of intoxicants.  These include, among other intoxicants, alcohol, prescribed medication or illegal drugs.   A 2016 study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (“GHSA”) shows a trend in fatal drug related crashes surpassing deadly accidents involving alcohol. Experts say this trend derives from states legalizing marijuana combined with the current opioid epidemic in America. According to ... Read More »

Am I Stoned? A New Phone App

According to Inverse.com, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has now created a mobile phone app that can determine if you are impaired due to marijuana consumption. The app, presented by Elisa Pabon, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago, is called, “Am I Stoned?” The app, while not yet ready for distribution, tracks performance on certain digital tasks performed on one’s smart phone. Surprisingly, the most accurate assessments of impairment came from the study participants.  “With regard to ... Read More »

MASSACHUSETTS SUPREME COURT LIMITS EVIDENCE OF MARIJUANA USE IN PROSECUTION OF DRIVERS

In September 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously ruled that police cannot give testimony that, in the officer’s opinion, a driver was under the influence of marijuana based on their on-scene observations, including sobriety tests. The court found that there is no consensus in the scientific community that roadside sobriety tests prove someone is under the influence of marijuana. The judges noted that the effects of marijuana “vary greatly from one individual to another, and those effects are as ... Read More »

DUI Technology—The DRUID App

The effects of alcohol intoxication are relatively well-known, and they are also relatively universal among different people. The amount of alcohol concentration in one’s bloodstream that causes these effects differs among each of us (e.g. tolerance). Moreover, the amount of time it takes to experience these effects is dependent upon a number of factors such as how quickly the alcohol is consumed, the amount of food in one’s stomach, etc. Nonetheless, all states[1] in the U.S. have adopted the 0.08% ... Read More »

MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE PREPARING MARIJUANA BILL FOR GOVERNOR BAKER

One day after the Massachusetts House voted to raise the proposed tax on retail marijuana sales to 28 percent, the Senate overwhelmingly voted (30-5) to preserve the 12 percent maximum endorsed by voters in a ballot question last November. The proposed legislation is now headed to a conference committee with hopes that a final bill will be sent to the Governor by next Friday, June 30. The selling of marijuana for recreational purposes is currently illegal in Massachusetts but the ... Read More »

Forced Catheterization: Medically Acceptable and Reasonable?

Imagine you are pulled over and suspected of driving under the influence of an intoxicant (DUI or DWI). The Officer decides he has probable cause to arrest you for DUI, and pursuant to your state’s implied consent law, he requests that you provide a sample of urine to determine the alcohol and/or drug contents in your system. Again, he specifically requests a urine test, not a breath test or a blood test to determine the amount of alcohol, prescribed medication, ... Read More »