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Yeager Wants Blood Tests For Impaired Drivers

A Nevada lawmaker wants blood test to become the standard way to test for stoned drivers in Nevada.

Assemblyman Steve Yeager, D-Las Vegas, sponsored a bill last week that would eliminate urine tests as a way to test drivers suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana.

Yeager called it a common sense change. The bill would require testing for a specific marijuana metabolite in the blood that is intoxicating. Current urine tests sometimes test for non-intoxicating metabolites.

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In Nevada, anyone driving with 2 nonograms or more of ative THC in their blood system is considered impaired. Although Yeager’s bill does not address whether the current levels of THC and metabolites are appropriate, he toldthe Reno Gazette Journal that he expects it to probably become part of a later discussion.