Gov. Phil Murphy recently announced his picks to serve on the Cannabis Regulatory regulating legal marijuana industry. While much legislative efforts in Trenton have focused on how cannabis will be sold and taxed, there have been little legislative efforts made towards creating safeguards for cannabis while driving.
Alcohol has clear legislation around it and standard methods for qualifying what a DUI is. Cannabis is more complex because it can stay in the body for up to a month and the driving impairment after cannabis can last up to 48 hours, long after the euphoric effects of cannabis have stopped.
In states like Hawaii, the rate of motor vehicle accidents related to cannabis tripled in the decade after legalization. Trenton should allocate part of the revenue raised from cannabis sales to a setup committee of mental health professionals and law enforcement to determine laws around cannabis use and driving.
Failure to set clear guidelines around driving and use of cannabis will put all of New Jersey at higher risk.
Hasan Memon M.D
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Princeton, NJ 08540
Hasan Memon, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine physician with a private practice in Princeton, NJ at Garden Psych