Leading up to last November's historic vote to legalize recreational pot use for adults in Washington, the biggest concern expressed by I-502's many pro-weed detractors was that the initiative's DUI provision - which, similar to the .08 alcohol DUI limit, set a limit of 5 nanograms of active THC per milliliter of blood for weed-related DUIs - would result in medical marijuana patients being constantly busted on the roadways.
So far, however, that hasn't been the case.
In testimony heard Wednesday during a legislative hearing in Olympia, state toxicologist Fiona Couper said so far there has been no spike in blood tests registering above the new legal limit.
State toxicologist Fiona Couper told a legislative hearing in Olympia on Wednesday that the Washington State Patrol's toxicology lab has completed tests on all blood samples taken from drivers in December, and has started on samples from last month. She says there's no spike, but notes the law has only just taken effect.
Couper says that every year, about 6,000 blood samples from drivers are submitted to the lab. About 1,000 to 1,100 of those come back positive for active THC, with the average being about 6 nanograms.
So is it simply too early for the dastardly effects of I-502's DUID provision to be wreaking havoc? Have medical marijuana patients been effectively scared off the roadways? Or, was the concern over I-502's 5 nanograms provision mostly smoke?
At this point, it probably still depends on who you ask.