Massachusetts Courts Strike Down Roadside Sobriety Tests for Weed
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts issued a unanimous ruling Sept. 19, voiding court testimony based on roadside sobriety tests administered to drivers suspected of driving while high. As the state prepares to roll out legalization, the ruling helps address ongoing questions about how cannabis might affect driving.
AN IMPORTANT RULING
According to the Boston Globe, the court found that while sobriety tests are effective when it comes to finding drunk drivers, there is no scientific consensus that the same roadside sobriety tests are effective or reliable at finding drivers under the influence of cannabis.
The court stated that while there is clear scientific evidence that such field sobriety tests can be used to measure blood alcohol content of at least 0.08 percent, no scientific evidence exists showing a correlation between performance on these tests and “marijuana intoxication.”
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