As Pot Comes To Mass., Questions Linger About Driving While High

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Medical marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, and so is recreational--although sales of retail pot are still up in the air, and there are still a lot of questions remaining about the new industry.

During Talk The Vote at Nichols College, Nightside with Dan Rea talked all things cannabis. The topic of operating under the influence came up, which Walpole Police Chief John Carmichael said has its limitations.

"We have direct recognition experts, which are specially trained officers that can bring somebody and give them tests back at the police station," Chief Carmichael said. "The problem with that is that we don't have what's called implied consent, like we do with alcohol."

Carmichael is on the Cannabis Advisory Board, as well as the OUI Commission.

Michael Dundas, President of marijuana retail company Sira Naturals, said they work to educate their customers.

"Providing education on the dangers of driving while intoxicated, on the dangers of taking too much at any given time," he said. "Those are things that we can do, in partnership with law enforcement."

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Ben Parker (@radiobenparker) reports

 

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