While the use of marijuana is skyrocketing in California, two bills aimed at cracking down on motorists who drive under the influence of pot were shelved Friday after cannabis industry officials said they were not supported by science.
The Assembly Appropriations Committee sidelined a measure by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) that would have made it a crime for a person who has 5 nanograms or more of THC, the active ingredient in pot, per milliliter in their blood to drive a vehicle.
The Senate Appropriations Committee also killed a measure by Republican Sen.Bob Huff of San Dimas that would have allowed law enforcement officers to useoral swab tests to strengthen cases.
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Susan Soares has written for Cannabis Now Magazine, Alternet, and Sensi Magazine.