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'Drink and smoke' laws to be updated

National News // By Tay Kinnear // Aug. 6, 2019

The government is to examine the legal amount of THC a driver can have in their blood and still be considered safe to drive.

Pixabay 'Drink and smoke' laws to be updated

THC is the psychoactive component in marijuana.

Currently the law doesn’t allow more than 1.5 micrograms per liter of blood – virtually a zero-tolerance level. Most other European countries are far more forgiving – allowing between 2 or 3 micrograms.

As CBD joints and oil – which is marijuana with the THC largely removed - are now legal, the law needs to be updated, according to the Federal Office of Public Health. It says the current situation is legally unsatisfactory.

Even legal joints will have trace amounts of THC – which may push a driver over the Swiss limit, but does not impair driving ability.



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