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I would like to congratulate Ron Priestley for his article in last week’s Echo, where he explains the unfair testing of drivers for cannabis.

There are many of us around here who have had successful lives, built up businesses, are employed, have raised children and generally live a responsible life. Unlike some who have the obligatory after-work drink, we like to have a joint to wind down.

The THC may well be detectable after two months. However, to get caught and lose your licence and livelihood over something that has never been tested to determine whether it impacts on driver safety is outrageous.

This is policy of the right wing who are giving more power to the police to harass people at enormous cost to us, the taxpayers.

And how about prescription drugs: is someone on valium, painkillers etc regarded as safe? I doubt they are safe so why are they not tested?


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4 COMMENTS

  1. As with most pleas by cannabis users this letter fails to provide any alternative to the existing testing regimen. It suggest ti has some connection with right wing politics whatever they mean by that but the reality is the testing is done because the evidence is that, while probably not as dangerous as alcohol, cannabis can impair driving. It is is up to those who propose legalising the drug to convince the public that there is a workable and economic way of ensuring its wider use does not lead to a higher incidence of drug impaired driving. As a motorist, a parent and particularly a cyclist I have every right to expect the governemnt minimizes that risk, and for the moment continues to test for its use.

  2. Allan, Tasmania.
    Regarding the saliva test for cannabis at roadside drug testing. Where is the proof of impairment? Back in the early days of alcohol testing there was some types of physical impairment testing. Surely the onus is on the police to prove impairment, this is not happening. I suppose testing this in court with a good lawyer is the only option.

  3. Allan, Tasmania.
    Surely the onus should be on the police to prove impairment regarding this extremely flawed cannabis saliva testing. This is not happening. The time has come for some good lawyers to step up and have cases thrown out of court. Prove that the driver is impaired or leave them alone. Someone that has smoked cannabis the night before is not impaired. It is very obvious that people supporting cannabis saliva roadside testing have no idea what they are talking about.

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