Wednesday, June 19, 2019

DUI report looks at cannabis

Posted By on Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 8:37 AM

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The state Department of Safety released its annual report on driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The report, which analyzed data from 2017, found about 4,800 defendants were screened for cannabis, and 66 percent of those tested positive for Delta-9 THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis. 

But out of the 3,170 people who tested positive, only about half showed THC levels above the “permissible inference” limit of 5 nanograms/milliliter of blood. That still represents a 17.4 percent increase from 2016 in the number of people above the legal THC limit.

More than 90 percent of people with THC levels above 5 ng/mL received DUI convictions.

Since drug testing is more “difficult and time consuming” for law enforcement  than alcohol testing, officers don’t consistently test for THC, the report notes.

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