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Press Release, Mojave Desert News, October 17, 2015
SACRAMENTO - Today, Governor Brown signed a historic package of laws which will provide statewide rules regulating medical marijuana. As former CHP officer and joint author of the package, Assemblyman Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) was focused addressing the proliferation of drugged driving (DUID) which has increased dramatically in states with legalized recreational marijuana.
The new laws commission research by the University of California, San Diego which will lay the groundwork for new marijuana-specific field sobriety tests and other tools to detect high drivers.
“California has not had a statewide strategy for curbing drugged driving (DUID). Today that begins to change as the University of California will begin critical research on marijuana-impaired driving which will lead to better roadside tools for law enforcement,” said Lackey. “A recent report on Colorado showed nearly 1 out of 5 car crash deaths in 2014 were marijuana-related. With legalization initiatives looming, it’s vital we prepare for how to keep our roads safe for all Californians. I am thankful Governor Brown worked with us to address this public safety hazard head on.”Read More...
A new UCSD study, to be conducted by Drs. Barth Wilsey and Thomas Marcotte, was recently funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to examine the efficacy of cannabis for the treatment of neuropathic lower back pain. This will be the first study to compare the efficacy of vaporized herbal cannabis and oral delta-9-THC, a synthetic version of the primary active ingredient in cannabis. At home, study participants will consume either oral Δ9-THC (dronabinol), vaporized 3.5% Δ9-THC, or placebo for eight weeks and complete pain rating scales, side effect rating scales, and cognitive testing. A subset of participants will also complete a driving simulator assessment to evaluate the effects of cannabis on driving skills over the course of an entire day.