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Thrown in the joint

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Gazette staff June 26th, 2013

What’s that smell, you ask? Skunk weed? Or perhaps House Bill 1441?

Credit: Brad Gregg

The new law — signed, sealed and delivered by Gov. Mary Fallin — makes it a crime to have any detectable amount of THC (or any other schedule 1 narcotic) and/or its inactive metabolites in your system while operating a motor vehicle.

In other words, you could mow the grass on Monday and get arrested for it Tuesday.

Furthermore, heavy pot users conceivably could go an entire month without toking up and still be “under the influence.”

Advocates of marijuana legalization say HB 1441 is the result of the unscientific per se law — meaning that a motorist who tests positive for a drug is guilty per se, even if he or she isn’t actually under the influence at the time. And if you test positive, well, at least you’ll have time to sober up and ponder what you did in the high-tank.

At any rate, better think twice about that late-night trip to 7-Eleven, stoner.

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