Oklahoma City, OK- Earlier this month, Oklahoma City Police arrested a driver who admitted he was drinking an alcoholic beverage that was laced with marijuana, now they are stumped and worried this become a growing trend, though it’s probably been going on for a while.
When people want to get high they’ll find a way, and police are concerned that more and more young people will figure out a how to make these marijuana infused drinks.Especially, since an simple internet search will yield results for cannabis-infused drinks with creative names such as “Green Dragon,” “Jamaican Me Crazy” and “Mota Mojita”
“We`ve heard of people lacing drinks with all types of materials,” Mark Woodward of Oklahoma’s Bureau of Narcotics told KFOR-TV. Woodward is concerned that teenagers will find recipes for these drinks online and it could become a problem that parents should be aware of.
“It will look like a regular drink. It will smell like a regular drink but yet it could be laced.” Pot is very hard to detect in a drink so it’s not as obvious that a driver is under the influence of the drug as if they had a bag of weed or drug paraphernalia in their vehicle.
“You’ve got two dangers. The danger of getting impaired by the marijuana but also the high alcohol content,” says Woodward. “Mixing them together can certainly be dangerous but either one of them by themselves can cause problems for kids.”
These drinks are also an issue for police, who are tasked with keeping intoxicated drivers off the streets. The effects of marijuana when combined with alcohol could cause serious impairment for a driver.
Recent studies from NORML, indicated that alcohol should be a bigger concern that cannabis. NORML cited a study from 2002 that studied the effects of marijuana on over 7,000 drivers, “Crash culpability studies have failed to demonstrate that drivers with cannabinoids in the blood are significantly more likely than drug-free drivers to be culpable in road crashes.”
Still police, want to keep drivers under the influence of any drugs of alcohol off the streets and the law considers marijuana, which is a Schedule 1 narcotic, as a very dangerous drug.
In states where the medicinal or recreational use of marijuana is legal, lawmakers have struggled with laws to combat “green DUIs.”
Testing for marijuana intoxication is costly and time consuming and determining the legal threshold for pot smokers is complex. THC doesn’t metabolize in the body in the same way as alcohol. Regular smokers of weed can have THC in their system long after the effects of the drug have worn off. Lobbying from pro-pot advocates has also made it difficult to come up with a legal limit for users who drive under the influence of marijuana.
Woodward says he’s heard of marijuana laced alcohol, but it has never been an issue in Oklahoma until now. As for the driver arrested earlier this month, police are unsure if he will be charged with anything.