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​ How can you tell if a driver is stoned?




UCSD Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research staffer Kevin McShea at the wheel of a simulator that will be used for driving-while-impaired studies.
UCSD Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research staffer Kevin McShea at the wheel of a simulator that will be used for driving-while-impaired studies.
UCSD Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research

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Lebowski doesn’t get hurt, but there are those, such as State Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale), who fear an increase in real-life risky driving if on Nov. 8 Californians pass Prop. 64, the initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana.

Lackey, a retired California Highway Patrol officer, wants the state to adopt a legal limit for THC - the mind-altering ingredient in cannabis. Without it, he says, patrol officers must rely mostly on their own subjective judgment as to whether a driver is impaired. That, he says, makes many officers uncomfortable.

"In my own experience I’ve seen this phenomenon," he says. "I’ve seen somebody clearly impaired and I’ve seen officers still hesitant to remove [that person] from the roadway because they’re not a drug recognition expert."

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Guests:

Stephanie O’Neill, KPCC’s Health Care Correspondent who’s been following the story

Igor Grant, MD., Director of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research at UCSD. He is also the chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the school