HDNet’s “World Report” Investigates Driving While High

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With the number of medicinal marijuana users rising, advocates fight against attempts to regulate the amount of THC that can be in your blood while driving-Tuesday, May 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET

DALLAS (May 16, 2011) – HDNet “World Report” examines the effects of driving while under the influence of medical marijuana. Currently many states do not have regulations on how much THC, the active ingredient in pot, users can have in their blood stream while driving. In Colorado where many are using medical marijuana, the question is… should there be a limit?

HDNet “World Report” put legal medical marijuana users behind the wheel of a driving simulator and watched them navigate a course, first while sober, then after consuming pot.

Sean McCallister is a lawyer in Colorado working to establish a tough new standard for driving while high by setting a limit on blood THC levels. Sean McCallister says, “I am very concerned that because there is this sense of entitlement with medical marijuana that when the cops come to the car people will immediately say, ‘Oh you smell marijuana because I’m a medical marijuana patient.'”

Medical marijuana advocates like Paul Armentano firmly disagree with McCallister. Armentano believes setting a legal limit on how much THC a person can have in their blood while driving is a mistake, because the jury is still out on the science of what constitutes being “too high to drive.”

View a clip from the program:

“World Report: DWHigh: Medical Marijuana and Driving ” premieres on HDNet, TOMORROW, Tuesday, May 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET with an encore at 12:00 a.m. ET.

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