I don’t usually read the Albuquerque Journal because I already know what they’re going to say — on just about any subject.  Let’s see who they chose to talk about driving and medical cannabis…

Rep. Bill Rehm, R-Albuquerque, a retired Bernalillo County sheriff’s captain, has tried for years to get a “drugged driving” law on the books. So let’s turn to him for the specifics.

Okay, but I don’t think I’m gonna like what he has to say…

“The more times you smoke marijuana, the less smoke is needed to become high. Unlike alcohol, smoking marijuana lowers your tolerance to marijuana.”

Hmmm… I’m not sure what he’s trying to say here (but I got a pretty good chuckle out of it, thanks, dude). Is he trying to make alcohol look better than marijuana?  Is he saying that people who drink don’t become tolerant to alcohol?  I’m so confused…

So are drugged drivers prosecuted like DWIs? The short answer is no.

“New Mexico law does not exempt a medical marijuana driver from our DWI law,” Rehm explains. “When we examine our New Mexico DWI law, we see the Legislature set two different standards for court proof. The alcohol standard is ‘unlawful for a person who is under the influence of intoxicating liquor to drive.’ Drugged driving is a higher standard to be proved – ‘under the influence of any drug to a degree that renders the person incapable of safely driving a vehicle.’ ” In Rehm’s mind “there should not be two different standards.”

“We have tested persons to determine what level of alcohol impairs their driving. For drugs, this has not been done, even for prescription drugs. The lack of scientific data is one defense a defense attorney uses in a DWI court hearing.”

Well, I guess that about covers the subject, huh? Let’s not talk about how marijuana can stay in your system for weeks after use, or that medical cannabis patients, if tested, will always fail — are the jails and prisons ready for the influx of disabled medical cannabis patients?

As a member of the new House majority, Rehm says it’s important to look at new studies that show “brain damage as a result of smoking marijuana” as well as consider “who will fund the marijuana cessation programs” similar to those for tobacco smokers?

Dude, please, get a life…

“New Mexico’s DWI problem does not need to be increased by allowing recreational marijuana,” he says. “Colorado has seen an increase(d) number of DWI arrests (that) involve a driver who had just smoked marijuana. We must continue to watch Colorado and now Washington and Oregon.”

And in the meantime, lawmakers should finally address drugged driving.

The Albuquerque Journal never ceases to entertain me — although I don’t think it’s intentional. So much to look forward to with Republicans now in charge, both in New Mexico and in the federal government… I guess this is just a sample.  Oh boy, this is gonna be so much fun…

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