Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What If North Carolina Legalized Pot?

North Carolina lawmakers passed a law that allowed the use of cannabidiol (CBD) oil to treat seizures. It's not to be considered as a pro-marijuana stance since the law doesn't change anything regarding illicit drugs or other forms of medicinal marijuana. What if, one day, North Carolina joined the growing number of states that have legalized pot for recreational and medical use?

Of course, there would be changes in the penal code since possession and use of marijuana would no longer be a crime (although intent to distribute, or hoarding, may still be illegal). In addition, as DWI also includes the use of drugs, lawmakers will have to set a BAC equivalent. Raleigh lawyers believe the magic number is at 5 ng (nanograms) of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

This isn't a definite number as of today. Most pot-legal states have no BAC equivalent for THC, simply addressing any sign of impaired driving to provide probable cause. This is a challenge for pot-legal states, especially in defense courts. Blood tests and the like don't constitute logical evidence since, at around two to three hours, drugs level off faster than alcohol.

Between legal pot advocates and the decision to legalize pot, lawmakers are caught in the middle of a hard and even harder place. This is why states are in no rush to join the growing community of legal pot. For now, North Carolina will have to stick with CBD oil for seizures only.

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