Medical marijuana use no longer means...

Medical marijuana use no longer means automatic license suspension

There are 45 comments on the Eureka Times Standard story from Mar 5, 2009, titled Medical marijuana use no longer means automatic license suspension. In it, Eureka Times Standard reports that:

The use of medical marijuana can no longer be the sole grounds for losing driving privileges.

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marijuanalobby

Baltimore, MD

#1 Mar 5, 2009
http://www.marijuanalobby.org tracks potential tax revenue for every State and City in America, the numbers are REALLY compelling.
Yes, We Can:
A) save what’s left of our forests,
B) ease the suffering of chemotherapy patients, and
C) create desperately needed revenue streams for American communities during their time of greatest need.
Carrie Nation

Sausalito, CA

#2 Mar 5, 2009
Driving is a privilege, not a right. Thou shalt not drive intoxicated upon any substance...intoxicated being the key word here.
Nightshade

Vacaville, CA

#3 Mar 5, 2009
driving is a right, only since the bankers took over the roads do some of you wannabe "americans" think it's not a right...your Founders look on in shame at you
NoBomma

Newark, CA

#4 Mar 5, 2009
And the downward spiral and decay of our once great society continues. I only hope that it's not any of your family that is killed by a stoned driver. But hey, it's their right to medicine, right?
Matt McLaughlin

Santa Barbara, CA

#5 Mar 5, 2009
MJ isnt a prescribed drug. Its recommneded.
How stupid can you get?
enablement of morons

United States

#6 Mar 5, 2009
hey all you 215 whiner-babies, being addicted to ultra-strong pot never keeps anyone in humboldt from driving their own bmw, now, does it?
EHSclassOf72

Beverly Hills, CA

#7 Mar 5, 2009
Now we see that the DMV does work hand and hand with the insurance companies.

You tell me why else would they take someones license like this .
enablement of morons

United States

#8 Mar 5, 2009
'cause you have to be a nihlist to justify and promote drug addiction. bad insurance risk.
enablement of morons

United States

#10 Mar 5, 2009
thank you (the creature using the tag "hoopa") for proving my point; you didn't need to demonstrate inchoherency and irrationalism as well as hostility. Aren't potheads supposed to be mellow? Another myth, another time ...
hoopa

Portland, OR

#11 Mar 5, 2009
lol your funny,, smoke weed
Mello Man

Alameda, CA

#12 Mar 5, 2009
Weed is GOD and GOD is Weed. I love GOD!
Dennis

United States

#13 Mar 5, 2009
"Medical marijuana use no longer means automatic license suspension"

Oh J-O-Y!

Enabling continues for increased abuse of the real intent which was to protect others upon the roadways from those who know little responsibility and fraudulently use marijuana.
Kevin Samsel

Arcata, CA

#14 Mar 5, 2009
Funny, counties such as Humboldt, Mendocino, and Siskiyou have not revoked licenses, when they are the hotbeds for cultivation and populated with a lot of both recreational and medicinal users.
Paul

Blacksburg, VA

#15 Mar 5, 2009
I believe this is the core of the article that the silly evangelist reactionaries forgot to read over:

"Hermes said Wednesday in a teleconference that the issue has nothing to do with driving under the influence -- both Johnson and an earlier patient whose license was suspended did not drive while using medical marijuana or under its influence.

”It's still a crime to drive under the influence of marijuana,” ASA Chief Counsel Joe Elford said. Elford represented Johnson in the group's lawsuit.

Instead, the issue was the DMV's policy to revoke or suspend the licenses of medical marijuana patients solely on the basis of being medical marijuana patients."

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domino 21

Cupertino, CA

#16 Mar 5, 2009
Why would the DMV have that info? They certainly do not have any rational right to it.
Jaydog

Watsonville, CA

#17 Mar 5, 2009
Nobody has a right to drive intoxicated and (if you can read) you'll see that that's not even the issue here. We do not take away peoples' licenses who are using pain killers or other drugs that severly effect their driving abilities. I mean, even if you get a DUI for driving drunk you get your right to drive back. Believe me, these things are way more dangerous for us on the road than medical marijuana. This is not allowing people to drive high. What a bunch of ignorant reactionary kooks.
Chalk another one up for ourside.
Marijuana advocates, please do not stop until the persecution ends and the ignorant masses are either educated or gone.

Since: Feb 09

Bakersfield, VT

#18 Mar 5, 2009
Couple of questions, one, how do you determine if a person driving is 'under the influence' of marijuana? Tests only show the presence of marijuana biproducts that indicate use sometime in the last month or so. There is no kind of roadside test to determine if the driver is currently impaired. What are you going to do if their eyes are red their busted?

Two, and even more important, everybody seems to take for granted that being high on pot impairs your ability to operate a motor vehicle is that really true? We know that pot does not effect motor skills the way alcohol does. I once read a study (this was back in the late '70s early '80s so sorry no link) where they got people stoned and then took them out driving in real time traffic situations. The only thing they noticed was that pot smokers tended to drive a little slower than the average driver and that they tended to drift a little in their own lane. So again just because its called a 'drug' and you get 'high' does it really impair your ability?
Chico Gonzalez III

Alameda, CA

#19 Mar 5, 2009
Are you Jay"Dog" Gratehouse, married to Liz? Used to live in Arcata?
Jaydog wrote:
Nobody has a right to drive intoxicated and (if you can read) you'll see that that's not even the issue here. We do not take away peoples' licenses who are using pain killers or other drugs that severly effect their driving abilities. I mean, even if you get a DUI for driving drunk you get your right to drive back. Believe me, these things are way more dangerous for us on the road than medical marijuana. This is not allowing people to drive high. What a bunch of ignorant reactionary kooks.
Chalk another one up for ourside.
Marijuana advocates, please do not stop until the persecution ends and the ignorant masses are either educated or gone.
anonymous

Seaside, CA

#20 Mar 5, 2009
Like it or not, for all the benefits of medical marijuana, it still impairs you.
The DMV can deny licenses for diabetics and people on seizure medications.
If you break your leg and are given pain medication, the label on the bottle says, "Avoid driving".
My question is, if medical marijuana is dispensed, are there any such warnings attached to the "prescription"?
If you are in so much pain that marijuana is your only source of pain relief, it would seem you shouldn't be driving anyway. In the first place.
I hate to say it, but medical marijuana is treated quite differently than other medications.
For instance, if you have been given a 215 card, you might as well forget ever having a life insurance policy.
It's not that they care if you smoke pot, but,
A)If you are that sick, you won't be insurable and
B)Like it or not, there is a criminal element that comes into it. You may be growing it and get robbed. You may grow it for a profit. You may be stoned thinking you can function and harm someone else.
If you have to use pot to manage symptoms, and I've known plenty of cancer patients who have, they arranged for other people to drive.
If you go to a doctor and say the only way you can function is to have pot, that becomes part of your medical history and is available to all agencies. If your eyes are so bad that you must drive with corrective lenses, that is reported too.
I'm not against medical marijuana, but there are downsides to getting certified as to needing it.
Jesus H Christ

United States

#21 Mar 5, 2009
I'm gonna smoke five pounds of Humboldt Green and then I shall drive your children home from school in a bus.

Enjoy that thought.

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