In anticipation of the first recreational marijuana stores opening within Massachusetts in the coming weeks, state officials Wednesday stepped up warnings to motorists about the risks of driving while stoned.
A new public education and enforcement campaign announced by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration _ which also renews warnings against alcohol-impaired driving – implores marijuana users to consider alternatives to getting behind the wheel, such as public transit, designated drivers or ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft.
“It’s not unusual to hear people hear people loudly louder,” said Jennifer Queally, the undersecretary for public safety for people. “It’s not true about alcohol … and it’s definitely wrong for marijuana and other drugs. People do not drive better when they are high. “
Massachusetts authorities say they are not ready to offer a legal threshold for the pot in the blood system, as some legitimate marijuana states have done.
In Colorado and Washington, for example, in the THC millimeter, 5 nanograms – the psychotropic chemical in the ovine – put considerable limits on a driver above.
Such borders have been criticized arbitrarily because, unlike alcohol – there is no universally accepted scientific measure for cannibalism. The traces of the THC can stay in someone’s blood system for days or even weeks, making it difficult to accurately assess whether a driver is high.
It was planned that the next meeting of a special commission established to investigate issues related to the fight against drugs would be held on Friday and that the Legislative Assembly should have recommendations on 1 January.
Police often said that during a traffic jam, a driver relies on his own observations to determine if his ability to drive a motor is captured by marijuana.
“Your muscular control, your physical motor skills, your anxiety, your anxiety, your heart, your heart – all these changes under narcotics,” he said.
According to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, marijuana may disrupt perception and slow down the driver’s response time and decision-making ability.
The data show that marijuana is the most common drug in drivers involved in the deadly accident in Massachusetts between 2012 and 2016 and said authorities have also addressed work that pointed to increased marijuana traffic deaths in states that previously legalized cannabis marijuana.
“Massachusetts can not follow this trend,” said Queally.
The first pot shops in the United States were originally expected to open in Massachusetts on July 1st.
The State Hemp Control Commission has provisional licenses to start selling recreational pots to medical marijuana distributors in Leicester, Northampton and Brookline, and regulators plan to vote for three retail licenses for stores in Plymouth, Wareham and Easthampton on Thursday.
However, none of the agencies can open any of them until you license a facility to test the hemp products for THC concentration and possible pollutants.
Commissioner Jennifer Flanagan said on Wednesday that the application for a testing laboratory would not offer a calendar that could arrive before being paneled for approval.
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