UPDATE April 30 - After over 3,400 letters and emails were sent from NORML supporters in opposition to this bill, it was pulled from consideration this year.

UPDATE April 18 - Over 2,000 letters and emails have been sent in opposition to Correa DUI Bill SB289 Please send your email today

Head radio spot to stop SB289
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Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, is flanked at a Capitol news conference in February by law enforcement and community supporters of SB289. From left are Anthony Munoz, president of the California Narcotic Officers' Association; Bishop Ron Allen, president of the International Faith Based Coalition; Khristin Cooper; Robert McGrory of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office; Gina McGrory; Scott Seaman, then-president of the California Police Chiefs Association, and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones. Photo: RENÉE C. BYER, Sacramento Bee

SACRAMENTO: Hearings on Sen. Correa's zero-tolerance DUI bill SB 289 have been set for April 30th before the State Senate Public Safety Committee.  The bill would outlaw driving with ANY detectable amount of marijuana or other controlled substances in the blood unless taken on an MD's prescription.  Because traces of marijuana can remain in the blood for days or even weeks after last use, the bill would potentially criminalize every driver who uses marijuana, no matter how responsibly.  Since medical marijuana is not prescribed but recommended, the bill would jeopardize medical as well as non-medical marijuana users  -  but not drivers who misuse more dangerous prescription drugs.

 NORML strongly opposes SB 289 on the grounds that scientific studies have shown that blood tests are incapable of determining driving impairment.  According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,"It is difficult to establish a relationship between a person's THC blood or plasma concentration and performance impairing effects. ... It is inadvisable to try and predict effects based on blood THC concentrations alone.”

ALSO SEE: California legislation often 'sponsored' -- or even written -- by interest groups Sacramento Bee, April 28, 2013

Californians Rally Against Zero-Tolerance DUI Bill

 KEY SENATORS (Public Safety Committee):
 Chair Loni Hancock Oakland - Berkeley
 Sen. Marty Block - San Diego
 Sen. Kevin De Leon - East LA, Alhambra, San Marino
 Sen. Carol Liu - Glendale, S. Pasadena, Burbank, Claremont, San Dimas, Monrovia
 Sen. Darrell Steinberg - Sacramento
 Sen. Joel Anderson - Murrieta - Temecula - E. San Diego
 Sen. Steve Knight - Palmdale - Lancaster - Victorville - Apple Valley

Are You Drunk Correa?

"A great deal of intelligence
can be invested in ignorance
when the need for illusion is deep."
-- Saul Bellow

Are You Drunk Correa?
CA SB 289 Clueless Legislation
Marijuana Lingers For A Month;
There have been a few attempts to establish zero-tolerance DUI limits for weed smokers who get behind the wheel. The latest proposal by state Sen. Lou Correa would give you a DUI even if you had a trace of pot in your system. The problem with that is virtually all regular medical marijuana patients would be subject to DUIs, because pot stays with your for weeks even if you're otherwise sober. That much was laid out ...

According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,

"It is difficult to establish a relationship between a person's THC blood or plasma concentration and performance impairing effects. ...

It is inadvisable to try and predict effects based on blood THC concentrations alone.”

We can have justice
whenever those who have not been injured by injustice
are as outraged by it as those who have been.
--Solon (594 B.C.)

When leaders act contrary to conscience
After his resignation, Turner joined with Robert DuPont and former head of NIDA, Peter Bensinger, to corner the market on urine testing. They contracted as advisors to 250 of the largest corporations to develop drug diversion, detection, and urine testing programs.

Soon after Turner left office, Nancy Reagan recommended that no corporation be permitted to do business with the Federal government without having a urine purity policy in place to show their loyalty.

Just as G. Gordon Liddy went into high-tech corporate security after his disgrace, Carlton Turner became a rich man in what has now become a huge growth industry: urine-testing.

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Cops Raid Home of Idaho Marijuana Activists; Seize Child
The home of Idaho marijuana activists Lindsey and Josh Rinehart was raided on Tuesday by Boise Police and Child Protective Services while Lindsey, Josh and their friend Sarah Caldwell, a fellow marijuana activist, were on a small trip to the mountains.