A constant headache for anyone who smokes weed is the license impaired driving laws give police to charge you.
Virtually anybody who smokes weed is technically ineligible to drive. That’s because cannabis can stay in your system for weeks. In Canada, where a punitive impaired driving law was passed alongside cannabis legalization, this is particularly problematic.
But Finland, which still prohibits cannabis use, has it figured out. There, the Supreme Court recently ruled that police can’t charge anyone if metabolized cannabis is found in their system.
THC-COOH, as its called, can take 30 days to clear your system. This has led to plenty of impaired driving charges for people who don’t deserve them.
It’s a timely decision that could offer guidance for other countries. In Canada, a legal challenge is being prepared on the constitutionality of drugged driving laws.
It’s not clear whether roadside devices used to test for cannabis are able to make the distinction between cannabis and metabolized cannabis. Or whether any police agencies in North America even care about that.
But Finland’s ruling does offer a simple solution to the problems posed by cannabis-impaired driving laws. All of which should have been solved before legalization in the first place.