New Year, Same Smoke
First of all I would like to wish all of you stoners a happy new year! So (unsurprisingly) the world didn’t end, and most of us sat there, stoned while December 21st passed quite uneventfully.
Then we had Christmas, a joyous time of celebration, and New Year (Happy new year by the way!) Lets hope that 2013 will see more progress in our struggle to bring cannabis regulation to the UK.
But now cannabis users have the another thing to worry about –
ITV News reports: (Saturday 5th Jan)Drug-drivers face more rigorous tests after a kit for detecting cannabis was approved for use in police stations across the UK.
A positive saliva test with the new device means officers will no longer have to call a doctor before asking for a blood sample if they suspect a driver of being on drugs.
The testing kit is able to detect THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, while equipment capable of accurately identifying other substances is still under development.
Motorists can already be punished for driving while impaired by drugs, but the new testing equipment will make it easier for the police to prove a case
Offenders will face up to six months in jail and a fine of up to £5,000 as well as an automatic driving ban of at least 12 months.
“Those who take drugs and go out on the roads are a menace to pedestrians, other motorists and themselves.”
– Policing and criminal justice minister Damian Green
At this point, may I refer you to this article – Cannabis Users are Safer Drivers
We do not currently know the levels of thc are required to prosecute, but this could be used to further harass and discriminate against cannabis users that are not currently high. A joint wears off completely in a few hours, but I suspect that this would still give a positive reading and result in a driving ban and possibly imprisonment and a 5 grand fine? This is madness!
So be careful stoners – I hope you have a good 2013 and that we see some change – but how long will it be before the UK follows suit and wakes up alongside a lot of the Western World with our Government’s attitude towards cannabis?