Which California Senators You Need to Pressure to Stop the New Sober DUI Bill

On April 23, the California Senate Public Safety Committee holds a hearing on a bill to send sober drivers to jail — and you can stop it.

Sen. Lou Correa’s SB 289 makes it a crime to drive a vehicle up to six weeks after taking physician-recommended medical cannabis, even though cannabis’ effects wear off after a few hours. Why? Because SB 289 would “make it unlawful for a person to drive a motor vehicle if his or her blood contains any detectable amount of a drug … unless the drug was consumed in accordance with a valid prescription issued.”

Medical marijuana’s broken-down metabolites stay in the human body up to six weeks, and due to federal law, the pain, nausea and multiple sclerosis drug is not available by prescription, rather by doctor’s recommendation only. There are thought to be hundreds of thousands of medical marijuana patients in the state.

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