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State law seeks to track number of marijuana-impaired drivers

It is no secret that California, among other states, has begun to loosen certain restrictions on the possession and use of marijuana. To many people, this has been a cause to rejoice, but, for others, there has been a dangerous consequence: the impact of marijuana-impaired drivers on the roads.

A recent report detailed a start to addressing the problem. The report indicates that a state law is being proposed – which is backed by the state Controller – which would require law enforcement officials in California to collect data on how many people they stop for impaired driving who appear to be under the influence of marijuana. The Controller has a compelling reason to back the law: she herself was injured in a car accident that was reportedly caused by a driver who was under the influence of marijuana.

The law would be a starting point to collect data, which could be used to help inform future policy in California when it comes to marijuana possession and use. Proponents of the law point out that some other states that have changed marijuana laws, like Washington and Colorado, have similar mechanisms in place to collect the appropriate data.

Car accidents can be caused by a number of different factors, but drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs is one of the primary causes. Anyone who has been injured in a car accident in California in which alcohol or illegal drug use is alleged may have a potential claim for damages.

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