On Wednesday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 127 which would allow for research for driving under the influence of cannabis.
Existing law prohibits a person who is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or the combined influence of alcohol or drugs from driving a vehicle. A violation of this prohibition is a crime.
This bill would exempt from that prohibition a person who is under the influence of a drug or the combined influence of an alcoholic beverage and a drug for purposes of conducting research on impaired driving while driving a vehicle under the supervision of, and on the property of, the Department of the California Highway Patrol.
“California has been a leader in regards to the decriminalization of cannabis use for adults but one of the open-ended questions that is a legitimate question is public safety on the roads and to address the issues of impaired driving. I am about to sign a law that allows the CHP to and other law enforcement to actually do the research and engage individuals in a way where we can actually determine a more appropriate way to address field sobriety to make sure we can keep people safe,” said Newsom.
On July 1, the bill passed the State Assembly in a 78-0 vote while the Senate passed the bill 40-0 on June 17.
With the Governors signature, the bill goes not effect immediately so research can begin.