In this week’s podcast, Mitch and Andrew discuss the implications of a recent drug driving legislation, and how exactly this new policy will play out in Victoria.
On the 14th of October 2020, the Victorian parliament passed the legislation to allow medicinal cannabis users to drive with the medication in their system. Victoria is the first state in Australia to implement these changes, and Mitch and Andrew see this as a hopeful sign that a similar legislation could be rolled out across the country in future.
Current roadside drug tests only pick up the presence of cannabis in a driver’s system, without accounting for whether the driver is impaired. These new drug driving laws will take into account a patient’s valid prescription for medicinal cannabis, and will apply a limit on THC levels – much like a blood alcohol concentration limit would.
This new legislation will provide those being treated with medicinal cannabis the added freedoms of travel, while also safeguarding Victorian roads.
Check out Episode 4 of the AltMed Podcast for more.