Estate Agent escapes driving ban after positive Cannabis test
Whilst parked up in a layby at The Dale, Wirksworth a female estate agent tested positive for cannabis and was interviewed by police. The driver of the Audi TT holding passengers, a female, when tested gave a result of 7.7mg of cannabis in her system when the legal limit is 2.
Obviously, it is illegal to drive when under the influence of drugs, which includes cannabis and many cannabiniods derived from the cannabis/hemp plant. For instance, despite the fact it only has a mild effect, it is still illegal to drive under the influence of delta 8 THC. This can make it difficult if you are a daytime user of this product, but it does still have an intoxicating effect on people and so this is why it is banned for drivers. On the other hand, it is completely legal to drive if you have taken CBD, which is another cannabinoid, as this has no intoxicating or euphoric effects.
“She received 10 penalty points on her licence, was fined £200 and was ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £32 victim surcharge.” Full story DerbyshireTimes.co.uk
On this occasion the judge took on board that the said female was sorry for her actions and felt ashamed plus any ban of driving would have meant loss of the position at work she held.
The prosecutor in this case was quoted as saying: “There was a small amount of cannabis in the car and she tested positive. She was interviewed by police and said that she had picked up a friend to go to a local viewing point, and there were other friends meeting them at that location. She said she had no intention of driving home after smoking the cannabis.”
So is this simply a case where the judge / justice system is weak and not applying the correct punishment for the crime – Or is it a case of common sense being used and that such a scare to the said female estate agent would mean she goes on to be a better person? The latter sounds a nicer story.