Pennsylvanyia: New Bill Would Protect PA Medical Cannabis Patients From DUIs

Patch report

A Bucks County Republican and Philadelphia Democrat introduced legislation to treat medical marijuana like prescription pain medications.

Two Pennsylvania lawmakers recently introduced a bill to protect people who legally use medical marijuana from being charged with driving under the influence.

State Reps. Todd Polinchock, R- Chalfont, and Chris Rabb, D-Philadelphia, are cosponsoring the bill to update the state’s “antiquated” laws that “allow patients to obtain needed medications, but unfairly prohibit them from operating a vehicle.”

Pennsylvania’s current DUI laws make no distinction between medical and recreational marijuana use, leaving registered patients at risk of being prosecuted for having any trace of THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, in their blood, the representatives said.

More than 343,000 people in Pennsylvania, about 2.7 percent of the state’s population, were registered medical marijuana patients, as of May, according to the Marijuana Policy Project.

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