This November, Californians will vote on legalizing recreational marijuana through Prop. 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. The Golden State is already the nation’s largest marijuana market, having legalized medical marijuana back in 1964 with few restrictions. While some pro-legalization groups have come out against Prop.64 (generally arguing it favors big growers over smaller ones), polls show it’s likely to pass, ranging in support of 51 to 71 percent of residents. Should it pass, California is likely to face some similar problems as California, Washington and Oregon.
Road safety is a major talking point for those against Prop. 64. Washington and Colorado, for example, both reported an increase in fatal accidents and drivers with THC; however, they also say this is not necessarily a causation as THC was rarely tested for prior to legalization. But how should DUIs with marijuana be handled? Is it possible to have a legal standard, like BAC with alcohol? Should medical marijuana patients have different standards? Should we even worry about people driving on marijuana?
We asked legal experts, former police officers and judges, and supporters and opponents of Prop 64 to answer some questions on the possible legal ramifications of Prop. 64. Their answers are below. If you’d like to learn more about marijuana and it’s side effects prior to reading, click here.