Vermont Marijuana Panel Wants Roadside Testing Before Regulated Market Opens
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Vermont Marijuana Panel Wants Roadside Testing Before Regulated Market Opens

The panel urged policymakers to pave the way for law enforcement to use roadside saliva tests to determine the presence of cannabis in drivers.

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December 20, 2018
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The governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission is recommending that before Vermont moves to legalize a commercial cannabis market, the state needs to find a consistent way to test drivers for cannabis impairment.

The panel also urges policymakers in its report to pave the way for law enforcement to use roadside saliva tests to determine the presence of cannabis in drivers ahead of legalizing a cannabis market.

While the commission had previously been split on whether to suggest the state allow law enforcement to use saliva testing—which has been criticized because it can not currently determine impairment behind the wheel— the recommendation was included in its final report to the governor.

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