Being caught driving stoned in Germany used to result in an immediate revocation of a driver’s license. But their federal court has determined that law enforcement must evaluate the ability of the person to drive before determining the extent of punishment.
The previous law restricted the “legal limit” of THC in the bloodstream at 1 nanogram per milliliter, according to the Independent. That limit won’t be changing, even with the new ruling. The only component of the law that is changing is the process of gauging impairment.
The Association of German Criminal Officers (the German police) supports decriminalization of marijuana.
Head of the BDK organization Andre Schulz said, “In the history of mankind there has never been a society without the use of drugs. This is something that has to be accepted. My prediction is cannabis will not be banned for long in Germany.”
Schulz agrees that people should not drive stoned, but believes the penalties and processes for determining impairment need to be modernized.