JDC Commentary: There is an old saying in the farming community: "there is more than one way to skin a cat." And the State of Illinois is doing just that, leveling the playing field on the medical marijuana issue with tough countermeasures making prosecution of medical marijuana D.U.I. less cumbersome for law enforcement and within the court system.
How do you balance American empathy on medical grounds, without addressing the second half of the Cannabis drug issue. . .the right of an individual to feel safe on the road?
Does anyone believe the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act limitations and restrictions will be adhered too just because it's law? Is feeling better mean patients will be able to do better when they choose to medicate and drive?
Will County Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas, discussed how this new law will change the way officers will do business, as the State policing departments proceed to standardize how the law will be enforced, what tools will be used, what works and what doesn't.
Rep. and sponsor David Harris of Arlington Heights said, the State has setup a strict system to tighten control of its production and use, from the traceable DNA seeding to sale. The law requires background checks by the Illinois State Police of those working in the 22 cultivation centers where the pot will be grown, along with a DNA tracking capability for plants grown in each area, including a strictly monitored record keeping system. Unannounced security inspections will also help to provide a safety control and departure process to the 60 distribution centers.
The new law has teeth. Developing a relationship with a physician may be the easy part. Acquiring a medical marijuana card requires a "full" background check and to be finger-prints qualified, with restrictions upon the card holder as to securing their own drugs and transporting.
If for some reason the card holder cannot physically secure their own drugs and delegates an individual, that person must go through the same approved background checks and restrictions as the registered MM card holder. Since the marijuana is suppose to be traceable, any ending up with anyone other than the card holder, opens all involved to prosecution, and the card holder patient will lose the ability to ever acquire the drug.
An impaired driver is an unsafe driver, regardless of the reason. Don't Medicate and Drive! It may be your family you kill.
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