Mike Flannery: Marijuana questions
To the editor:
I have been watching the whole debate about medical marijuana with interest.
My main problem with the drug, marijuana, is how it is retained in the system.
It can remain in the system for days or weeks at a time. I guess I am wondering if these people using "medical marijuana" are driving a motor vehicle?
If marijuana still is detectable in their system, are they operating a motor vehicle under the influence?
If there happens to be a motor vehicle accident with a medical marijuana user behind the wheel, who is liable for injuries, death or damages?
The city that allows the sale of marijuana within its city limits? The state that has ignored federal law? The federal government that now will not enforce its own laws in the states that allow medical marijuana use?
It seems to me that cities, states and the country has opened themselves up to a tremendous amount of liability.
I guess the answer could be that if you want to use marijuana legally, you could give up you driving privileges in lieu of medical use of marijuana to alleviate any liability issues.