MICHIGAN MARIJUANA USERS, BUCKLE UP - FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS ON THEIR WAY
Originally Published June 24, 2016
By: Amy Cooper, Detroit Ginger
First, Governor Rick Snyder made sure we hated him by poisoning the residents of Flint with his bad water system. Now he's making the vast majority of marijuana users hate him, as well.
According to The Detroit News, a field sobriety test is in the works with a bill that Snyder will have to make a decision on, which can test controlled substances in the body, including marijuana.
DN claims that the test only confirms that the drugs are in the body, but not the level, or potency at the time of testing, so if any traces of it are in your system and you are field tested for it - you're most likely screwed.
Sites like MedicalJane.com share that you can have a one-time smoker with THC in their system for 3-7 days, but chronic users will have a much more potent inset, putting them at higher risk for detection.
So what does this mean for Michiganders for Marijuana? It means that if you're driving properly and are "in compliance with the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act" that you should be fine, but let's face it, we know a lot of people out there who don't have their card that partake.
If a driver refuses to take a saliva test in the field when pulled over, The Detroit News claims that the driver will be "given a civil infraction ticket, same as those who refuse tests for alcohol" if enacted, and the bill states that users have the potential to be arrested if given a positive verdict.
Section 625r in the documents that Snyder has to review includes this explanation:
A peace officer who is certified as a drug recognition expert as that term is defined in section 625t in a county participating in the roadside drug testing pilot program under section 625t who has reasonable cause to believe that a person was operating a vehicle upon a highway or other place open to the public or generally accessible to motor
vehicles, including an area designated for the parking of vehicles, within this state and that the person by the consumption of a controlled substance, may have affected his or her ability to operate a vehicle, or reasonable cause to believe that
a person had in his or her body any amount of a controlled substance listed in schedule 1 under section 7212 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.7212, or a rule promulgated under that section, or of a controlled substance described in section 7214(a)(iv) of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.7214, may require the person to submit to a preliminary oral fluid analysis administered under this subsection.
It also states:
(2) A peace officer who is certified as a drug recognition expert as that term is defined in section 625t in a county participating in the roadside drug testing pilot program under section 625t may arrest a person in whole or in part upon the results of a preliminary oral fluid analysis.
MLIVE shares that "The bill, which passed the Senate June 9 and the House in January, would create a Michigan State Police-run pilot program in five counties to conduct roadside saliva drug testing for cocaine, marijuana, heroin and other drugs. It now awaits Gov. Rick Snyder's signature," and the legislation tracker for the bill shares that it has been presented to the Governor, with the expected signature date of July 17, 2016.