Marijuana legalization opponents warn of drugged driving


BOSTON (WWLP) – Massachusetts voters will decide this November whether to legalize and tax the sale of recreational marijuana. Opponents of Question 4 argue legalization could make the roadways more dangerous.

AAA Northeast’s Mary Maguire said unlike drunk driving tests, there’s no test on the market to determine whether someone is driving high. She said, “There is no similar, reliable or scientific way to test for marijuana impairment. This poses a serious challenge to law enforcement.”

Former chief of police of Salem, State Representative Paul Tucker said it is difficult for police to detect stoned driving, and even harder for district attorneys to prosecute these cases. “If a police officer sees gummy bears and cupcakes and brownies in the back of a vehicle, there’s no way for them to determine and to be able to see if there’s probably cause to take that in as evidence,” said Rep. Tucker.

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Supporters of legalized pot told 22News technology is rapidly growing.

The “Yes on 4” campaign’s Jim Borghesani said studies are currently underway to help police determine recent marijuana usage. “Fingerprint on a handheld instrument. It’s a field instrument. You put your fingerprint on it and from the molecules – from the sweat molecules in your fingerprint they’ll be able to detect recent marijuana use,” said Borghesani.

Marijuana opponents argue this new technology wouldn’t be available until well after voters go to the polls. Massachusetts voters will decide whether to legalize recreational pot on Election Day, November 8.

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