Posted May 6, 2013 by evergreen-culture in Policy

Per Se Driving Standards Questioned in Court in CA and Loses


This article is some late breaking news out of California, where a USC student was being tried for DUI, having been found impaired under the influence of marijuana by police. She fought the charges and made her case, along with her attorney, that she was not impaired and was able to operate a motor vehicle with the same abilities and characteristics as someone who had not consumed marijuana. In the end, 9 of the 12 jurors voted to acquit, not finding sufficient evidence to support the charge she was impaired. That is a fairly profound statement about the current arguments for the per se driving policy. Most aren’t exposed to rigorous presentations of the facts of both sides; however a jury is. And in the end, 9 of the 12 people who were considering them decided that the prosecution, applying the per se driving standard in their state, did not sufficiently prove that she was in fact impaired.

This is a very complex and sensitive issue, and so this is just one of what will be many interesting occurrences around this topic. However we felt we should pass it along as WA and CO both deliberate similar topics and policies.