California: Lawmakers Push To Outlaw Driving While Impaired By Marijuana
By Derrick Stanley
Two lawmakers from the San Francisco Bay area are proposing a new law that would make it illegal to use marijuana and drive.
California voters passed Proposition 64 in November, making recreational marijuana use legal for adults 21and over. The new law only makes it illegal to have an open container of marijuana in a car, however.
Sen. Jerry Hill says the new law doesn't go far enough.
"It didn't say anything about if you were driving and smoking a marijuana cigarette or joint while driving or ingesting a brownie at the same time," Hill said in an interview with KGO-TV.
Hill and state representative Evan Low have proposed Senate Bill 65, which would close what they call a loophole.
"This legislation now makes it consistent with alcohol use in a vehicle," Hill said. . "Consistent in the sense now when you drive a vehicle and you have a marijuana cigarette that will be either an infraction or a misdemeanor."