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German Cannabis DUI Law Excludes Medical Marijuana Patients

Posted on  August 31, 2012 by  News Admin

  Stringent Cutoff Point Still Ensnares Many Unimpaired Cannabis Users The debate over restrictive Washington state marijuana "legalization" ballot Initiative 502 has reached epic proportions, with much of the controversy centering around the measure's stringent "driving under the influence" limits for cannabis. According to most scientists and medical marijuana patient advocates, the limit of five nanograms per milliliter (5 ng/ml) is arbitrary and unsupported scientifically, and could result in DUI convictions for many patients and others, even when they're unimpaired. The reason for this is that even though the 5 ng/ml limit would apply to active THC, many patients and others who use cannabis daily, especially heavy users, wake up in the morning, unimpaired, over the 5 ng limit. Toke of the Town recently had a revealing talk on this subject with Michael Knodt, editor in chief of Hanf Journal, Germany's biggest hemp magazine. It turns out the Germans had the good sense to exclude patients from their marijuana DUI limits. Even so, lots of recreational cannabis users are being caught up by the law, even though they don't drive impaired. "I follow the debate about I-502 with much interest, because we have a similar problem in Germany," Knodt told us from Berlin. "It is a lot worse here (our cutoff level is 1 ng/ml), but if you are a patient -- we only have a few in Germany because it is hard to get a prescription, which has to be confirmed by the federal health office -- the cutoff level does...