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Texas bill would make driving with any marijuana in system illegal

Representative Cecil Bell has introduced a bill which would criminalize people who have any amount of marijuana in their system.
Representative Cecil Bell has introduced a bill which would criminalize people who have any amount of marijuana in their system.

A bill which was recently heard in committee would make it illegal to drive with any traces of marijuana in a person’s body.

House Bill 673 would set an intoxication level for controlled substances, including prescription medicine and marijuana. People will be exempt if they have a prescription.

Metabolites from cannabis consumption can remain in the body for almost two months after its consumption, long after any affects wear off.

If the bill passes as is, people could be arrested for intoxicated driving, despite not being impaired.

The bill, sponsored by Representative Cecil Bell, drew much testimony, primarily in opposition as scientists and criminal justice experts stated it would become a zero tolerance law, and would inaccurately target drivers who are not impaired.

Current law does allow an officer to detain a driver if they are shown to be physically or mentally impaired by a substance.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a 30 year old journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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