FLASH: Drugged Driving is now higher than Drunk Diving
The National Sheriffs’ Association, in a poll of its members, said legal marijuana is resulting in more crime and highway accidents, this just as Illinois becomes the 11th state to legalize recreational Marijuana.
The Association surveyed 467 sheriffs and found the follwing:
- 65% said crime has increased where marijuana has been legalized.
- 84% linked legalized marijuana to impaired driving and accidents.
- 74% said they need “an increase in personnel, resources and training” to handle the jump in marijuana-related cases.
- 85% want more research into the effects of cannabis.
The Sheriffs called for further federal study of using marijuana before additional states clear the way for legal marijuana.
Illinois’ new governor delivered on a Top campaign promise Tuesday by signing legislation making the state the 11th to approve marijuana for recreational use in a program offering legal remedies and economic benefits to minorities whose lives critics say were damaged by a wayward war on drugs.
Legalization in Illinois also means that nearly 800-K people with criminal records for purchasing or possessing 30 grams of marijuana or less may have those records expunged, a provision minority lawmakers and interest groups demanded. It also gives cannabis-vendor preference to minority owners and promises 25% of tax revenue from marijuana sales to redevelop impoverished communities.
Governor JB Pritzker (D) signed the bill in Chicago in a room full of Marijuana proponents.
Again, Police organizations are concerned about enforcing driving under the influence laws and arguing technology for testing marijuana impairment needs more development.