The governing bodies in a growing number of cities have chosen to legalize the sale of cannabis. Now other cities plan to add their names to that lengthening list. Yet studies indicate that an increased availability and use of cannabis could lead to an increase in car accidents, child poisonings and even burn cases. Such facts have forced city leaders to ask some of the following questions:
What possible measures might be used to keep drivers from getting behind the steering wheel, while under the influence of marijuana?
Authorities could lower the limit for imposing sanctions against specific drivers. The lower limit would link criminal behavior with a driver’s willingness to sit behind the steering wheel, while impaired by the influence of marijuana’s effects. This can call for a lawsuit after the victim hires a personal injury lawyer in Grand Prairie.
Authorities could declare a zero tolerance for THC use among those with a learner’s permit or those with a graduated driver’s license. Many states already put tighter restrictions on such drivers, in terms of the hours when each of them can be on the road.
• Steps could be taken to make sure that no retail establishment gets permission to sell both cannabis and alcohol. Authorities might even want to keep an eye on the proximity of any store that sells marijuana to any store that sells alcohol.
• Some of the taxpayer’s dollars get used to pay for research on enforcement tools. In that way, this list of possible measured could be expanded.
• Some of the money that has come from taxpayers gets used to acquire materials needed for training programs and for enforcement of existing regulations.
• Educators plan to introduce a program that teaches students how cannabis can interfere with the processing of information; how it can lower a driver’s ability to show motor coordination and how it can trigger performance of poor attention and tracking behavior.
What possible measures might be used to keep children from trying some of the edible forms of cannabis?
Place packaging restrictions on those manufacturers that plan to make, package and sell such products. Such restrictions would call for things like hard-to-open packages, similar to the ones used with packaged medicines. They might also discourage use of packages that can make the product attractive to children.
Demand safe storage of cannabis in retail outlets. That would include the product stored on the shelves. Safe storage would equate with the act of placing the product in a spot that a child could not reach.
Schools must offer better public education programs, so that children recognize marijuana as a product that is meant to be used by adults. How could burns be prevented? Well, this calls for closer monitoring of the batteries used in vaping products. Additionally, it is important for stores to keep oils away from flammable substances.