Ohio Legislature and Cincinnati City Council enact unreasonable marijuana legislation; Randy Brush sentenced to 3 years in prison

Last week, the Ohio Legislature passed S.B. 8, which imposes criminal penalties for drivers who are found to have THC or THC metabolites in their blood or urine while operating a vehicle. S.B. 8 punishes Ohioans for driving completely sober, and the bill is now only awaiting Gov. Taft's signature. We need you to act right away to prevent this bad bill from becoming law.

Please call Gov. Taft - at (614) 466-3555 - and urge him to veto this bill. When you call him, you can politely say something along these lines:

“Please veto S.B. 8, the drugged driving bill. The bill imposes criminal penalties without using scientific standards and will lead to many innocent, sober drivers being criminalized. I oppose this bill, and I urge you to veto it.”

S.B. 8 presumes that completely sober drivers are intoxicated for having 2 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood in their systems or 10 nanograms of THC per milliliter of urine, both of which constitute trace amounts below the scientifically supported standard for proving intoxication. In addition, S.B. 8 imposes criminal penalties for those found to have 50 nanograms of marijuana metabolites per milliliter of blood or 35 nanograms per milliliter of urine. These metabolites can stay in a person's blood and urine for up to 30 days, meaning that drivers who have not used marijuana for up to a month may still be arrested and prosecuted for driving under the influence of drugs.