Lack of way to measure marijuana impairment sparks worry

March 22, 2019 06:21 PM

NewsChannel 13 has been following the push to legalize marijuana in New York since Gov. Cuomo proposed making this the 11th state in the nation to approve the recreational use.

The proposal has hit some obstacles, leading to Governor Cuomo's announcement on Tuesday that it will not be included in the upcoming budget.


State lawmakers say a number of questions still need to be answered, including the current lack of ability to measure toxicity levels in those who use it.

Many people at the Capitol say the trouble right now is there's currently no way for law enforcement or employers to measure impairment levels.

The proposed bill to legalize recreational marijuana does not have a legal limit set for consuming marijuana.

Unlike when determining blood alcohol levels, there is currently no tool to test impairment levels for those operating under the influence or working under the influence of marijuana.

This has caused growing concerns across the state for both law enforcement and employers.

Lt. Robert Winn of the Colonie Police Department is among the officials concerned about how legalization will impact their work - especially when there is no roadside test available to determine the level of marijuana in a person's system.

The Business Council of New York State says they are also concerned about the impact this could have on employers if the state moves forward.

Hear more reaction from the Business Council by watching the video of Brooke Selby's story.


Brooke Selby

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