LA News - Prop. D Upheld/Saliva Tests Questionable

Cal NORML News Alert

January 2, 2014 - Los Angeles Judge Hammock has upheld the city's medical marijuana ordinance Proposition D. LA-area collectives should expect that the city will proceed to enforce the ordinance.

In other LA news, the police department has begun to deploy oral saliva swabs for DUI checks. Oral swabs typically detect marijuana smoking for several hours after last use; their sensitivity varies from a couple of hours to a couple of days. The tests can in no way detect whether drivers are actually impaired. At present, the oral swab testing program is voluntary. Drivers can't be legally forced to submit to swab tests, but may be subject to further investigation if they take one and fail.

Drivers who believe they have been wrongly harassed due to oral swab testing are invited to make their complaints known to Cal NORML. Our attorneys are investigating what legal action might be taken.

Established in 1972, California NORML is the state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. We are a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to reforming California's marijuana laws. Our mission is to establish the right of adults to use cannabis legally.

- California NORML canorml@canorml.org (510) 540-1066

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