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A grandmother and cancer patient has been jailed in Kansas for driving under the influence of Marinol, which was prescribed for her, and which is not the same as smoked marijuana.

I admit that there's a certain logic to it: when I was studying for my driver's license in Pennsylvania more than thirty years ago, I read that it was illegal to drive under the influence of narcotics, and that it was not a defense that the narcotics had been legally prescribed by a physician. I can understand that no one, not even a cancer-stricken grandmother, should be free to drive if she is drugged so as to be a public menace behind the wheel.

As I understand it, though, there is no reason to believe that she was a menace behind the wheel. Marinol is not the same as morphine or phenobarbital in its effects, or even the same as a large dose of actual marijuana. However, she was assumed to be impaired by reason of taking it, and therefore convicted.

Thank Heavens she was only sentenced to two days.

Beyond the individual injustice, this seems to me to be the kind of thing that results from the War on (Some) Drugs mentality.

Date: 2017-05-13 06:08 pm (UTC)
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The war on drugs seems likely to get worse. Jeff Sessions is now urging federal prosecutors to bring stronger charges so as to get steeper sentences for drug crimes.

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