The first thing you notice about a recent story on the SF Weekly website is the title, “Marijuana Sobriety Checkpoints: New Legislation to Outlaw Driving While Stoned.” But when you read it, the bill it refers to has nothing to do with driving while “stoned.”

In fact, the bill referred to – CA AB 2552 – would make driving with ANY level of cannabis in your system illegal, resulting in a DUI.

You read that right. The bill introduced with no fanfare of media attention by Assemblywoman Norma Torres (D) would make it illegal to drive with any level of cannabis in your system; even if you smoked a joint last week and residue is still in your blood – as marijuana is known to do – you will still be charged with a crime.

If you live in California make sure you contact your assemblyperson and let them know how you feel about this proposed bill.

Joe Klare

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Joe Klare has been writing about marijuana issues for the past 5 years online, in print and on air.