Picture this, in Michigan, my home state there are currently over 20,000 pot possession convictions each year. With reform groups like MiLegalize and Abrogate ballot question committees, and even the state’s Legislature, there is a real chance in upending prohibitionist laws soon.
The only flaw in this current course is the possibility of increased DUI arrests for ‘driving while stoned’. There is a lot of confusion in the science behind roadside testing and many states, including mine, have passed such laws.
Prominent Michigan attorney, Neil Rockind stated, “The roadside saliva test process is not reliable nor is it scientifically validated. However, that is incompatible with law enforcement’s need for ‘fast and perfect’ scientific results.”
It is estimated by some criminal defense lawyers, at least in my state, that there will be 50,000 more arrests EACH YEAR for ‘driving with pot in your system’ and with no actual method in determining if you got high last night or five minutes ago. A windfall for DUI lawyers and the State.
$350,000,000 – $750,000,000
Perhaps these figures will force lawmakers to push towards pot legalization even sooner.