Drug-Driving Law Reform In Australia

Cannabis advocates in Victoria are pushing for a policy change through an amendment to the Road Safety Act (1986) under which driving with THC in one's system will no longer be an offense as long as it has been prescribed, reported Vice.

Even though it became the first state in Australia to legalize medical marijuana in 2016, those relying on regular use of medical marijuana (MMJ) risked being charged for driving with THC in their system.

The main issue is that THC remains detectable in a person's blood or saliva even after the psychoactive effects wear off.

To remedy the situation, cannabis activists seek to establish a test that would quickly determine if those driving are impaired rather than just testing positive for THC in their system.

"People who have been prescribed a medicine and can drive safely should be allowed to," Legalise Cannabis Victoria MP David Ettershank said in a statement. "Testing for the sheer presence of THC rather than impairment is … [a] failure based on stigma rather than evidence."

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