By Bob Katzen

The Senate 39-0, approved an amendment that would create a Special Commission on Drugged Driving to do research on the development of technology and methods that would reliably test individuals suspected of operating motor vehicles under the influence of marijuana.

The commission would submit an annual report, beginning January 1, 2024 of its findings and recommendation for legislation.

“From what we have seen in Massachusetts and other states where marijuana has been legalized, there has been an uptick in incidents of driving under the influence of cannabis and this remains a significant public safety issue,” said Sen. Mike Moore (D-Millbury). “Drugged driving has long been an issue here in the commonwealth, however, the lack of a reliable test for individuals operating motor vehicles under the influence of marijuana has posed challenges to law enforcement. This amendment creates a commission to help ensure that we remain vigilant to advancements in technology and have updated policies for court proceedings to keep our roadways safe.”

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