DA Announces He Won't Prosecute People For Driving While High

Former defense and civil rights attorney Larry Krasner's office will no longer prosecute cannabis DUI offenses.

Harrisburg, PA – Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner has announced that his office will no longer prosecute cannabis driving under the influence (DUI) offenses.

Krasner made the declaration during a joint Senate and House policy committee on Monday, after the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association (PDAA) testified against legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

“Our opposition stems from science, research and data, as well as information from our addiction specialists,” PDAA President John Adams said during the hearing. “Recreational marijuana is not safe or harmless.”

But Krasner, a former defense and civil rights attorney, disregarded the PDAA’s concerns, and sharply criticized Pennsylvania’s current cannabis DUI laws.

“Pennsylvania has had the dumbest law on DUI for cannabis for a very long time,” the prosecutor scoffed, according to the Candid Chronicle.

“What that law currently says is that if there is any detectable amount of digested marijuana in your system, then you are DUI,” Krasner said, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

"So in other words, if I smoked a joint 30 days ago, it has absolutely no psychoactive effect whatsoever on anything I am doing, and I drive a car, then I am driving under the influence," he said. "This is absurd.”

Krasner didn't explain why that means he's not prosecuting people who show active signs of impairment.

Adams argued that there has been a marked increase in “negative consequences” in states where adults are legally allowed to use marijuana recreationally, including costs associated with impaired driving, drug treatment, and absenteeism.

The number of fatal vehicle crashes associated with marijuana use has also increased significantly in such areas, Adams said.

Krasner said that the only way his office will prosecute cannabis DUI offenses moving forward is if law enforcement is able to prove that defendants “show active – I repeat active – psychoactive amounts of cannabis in their system that rise to a level which has generally scientifically been agreed upon as affecting driving,” The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

But there is no general scientific agreed-upon level, making this standard impossible to meet.

Current THC tests can determine whether or not THC metabolites are present, but cannot ascertain whether or not a person is intoxicated, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Krasner testified that the state's cannabis DUI law is “on a collision course” with current medical marijuana laws, because it precludes those who use the drug from being able to drive.

“It’s absurd and it’s indicative of what we have gotten from the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association,” the prosecutor said.

Krasner also accused the PDAA of increasing the local jail population by “800 percent,” and said that the group is “not relying on science,” The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

He further claimed that the association is “relying on pseudoscience” and that the prosecution of marijuana offenses is nothing more than a way for “people [to] make money.”

Krasner testified that he needs citizens to have unfettered access to marijuana in order to combat the opioid crisis in Philadelphia, the Candid Chronicle reported.

“The reality is that people want to relax,” he said. “I need to have marijuana readily available in order to reduce the number of fatal [opioid] overdoses. We have almost four fatal overdoses a day.”

The PDAA supports decriminalizing possession of marijuana in small amounts, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

“Such legislation would help clear cases from the criminal docket and allow law enforcement officials to focus on other matters,” Adams said. “We consider this a smart, commonsense approach.”

Krasner spent thirty years working as a criminal defense attorney who specialized in civil rights.

“I have seen, in essence, a system that has completely run off the rails,” Krasner told The Philadelphia Inquirer during his campaign. “A place with a mad zeal for the highest charge, for the highest level of conviction, a culture that can find no flaw in police misconduct, that is drunk on the death penalty. It's like watching a car crash in slow motion for 30 years.”

The anti-police lawyer has also sued law enforcement or government entities for his clients on 75 occasions, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

On his Philadelphia Magazine questionnaire about whether “bad cops are sufficiently held accountable," Krasner responded, “I agree with what Black Lives Matter has said.”

He has boasted about overturning more than 100 convictions of people involved in drug cases, according to Philadelphia Magazine.

Krasner has called police and prosecutors liars in the past, and promised to end “mass incarceration” by starving the criminal justice system.

He has expressed an intent to end cash bail (and any bail policy where poor people are incarcerated pending trial,) vowed not to jail non-violent criminals, said he intended to end an asset-forfeiture program, and has also promised to never seek the death penalty.

His campaign got a huge boost from George Soros, according to FOX News. Soros funded advertisements for Krasner which included “bragging of his work to free demonstrators from Occupy Philly and Black Lives Matter, and his lawsuits against police.”

Within days of being sworn in as the new Philadelphia District Attorney, Krasner fired 31 veteran members of the office, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

One third of the homicide prosecutors were among those he let go.

“A movement was sworn in today,” Krasner said on the day he took his oath of office. “A movement for criminal justice reform that has swept Philadelphia...and is sweeping the United States.”

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JBo
JBo

“I need to have marijuana readily available in order to reduce the number of fatal [opioid] overdoses.”

Because people who abuse opioids would then choose marijuana instead of opioids...right? <snicker>

militans Deo
militans Deo

I was gonna enforce DUIs but then I got high....

jinx73
jinx73

i agree with DA.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

There is a difference between detectable amounts of THC in a persons system and being under the influence. I can understand not prosecuting a person for having a detectable amount, but to not prosecute a person actually driving under the influence is just irresponsible.

GForce48
GForce48

Another glaring example of how we can't entrust our collective safety and security in the hands of Dems/Libs/Socialists as they don't hold it as a priority for the American citizenry!

Inquirer63
Inquirer63

This is how the “rule of law” begins to break down, when those charged with helping to enforce the law and prosecute violators decide they don’t like a particular law or, as in this case, a DA appears to hate law enforcement in general. Then someone else doesn’t like another law. Then someone figures, “well, if the legal authorities aren’t going to follow the law, why should I?” The way it should work is that if you don’t like a law, work to change it. I wonder if he is one of George Soros’ boys. Sounds like legal malpractice to me. With the increasing number of traffic fatalities resulting from marijuana impairment, might be a good idea to avoid Harrisburg if at all possible.

The express
The express

People like this asshole are getting voted into office all over this country. My question is where is it written that when you take the oath to uphold the laws you can decide on which laws you want to uphold????

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Well, at least if they’re stoned, they probably won’t be kicking an officer in the clown, like that POS in Washington who didn’t get prosecuted by the other dumb DA.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

There is absolutely no responsibility in this country for anything.. The alcoholics and drug addicts can feel free to consume, drive and kill someone. God help us.

bob95648
bob95648

It's Philly. He was elected by Dindus to protect Dindus.

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

Well maybe he will change his mind when people start suing the county and him in civil suits because someone high on drugs hit them and killed their spouse or child

American67
American67

They need to round up all these leftist idiots, put them on an island somewhere. No law enforcement to protect or help them. Let them go about their business with their stupid laws they make up. Let's see how far they'd get before begging for help from the very people they are trying to persecute.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another police hating, criminal loving, bleeding heart, hug-a-thug prosecutor that doesn't have clue and should be fired.👎🤔

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Sounds like a mega lawsuit against the city by someone’s family who was killed by a stoned driver. I hope that it costs them mega millions. Why didn’t he make the same call for drunk drivers? C’mon liberals, why don’t y’all just eliminate ALL LAWS?! If it feels good, do it!!

lizr
lizr

bullshit. under the influence drivers cause accidents. so does this DA think they are not responsible. Karma can be a bitch.

61mouse
61mouse

Well the same should go with drinking

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Now that the flood gates have been opened, let them have marijuana, fentynal, heroin, cocaine, LSD, let them have it all and have it free as much as they want each and every day. Let them kill themselves and each other with their own stupidity and overdosing.

The America I love is gone. Once all you drug people kill yourselves off, maybe we can rebuild again without you.

ghar
ghar

and if they kill someone can I send your stupid ass to jail?

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

Why do we even have DA offices? Every day I hear of another crime they will not prosecute.

thomas_quinn
thomas_quinn

I've driven for over 40 years while under the influence of marijuana, never had an accident, and never had difficulty controlling vehicle. Why stop at marijuana: people with anxiety should be forbidden from driving while on Valium. People on anti-depressants should be forbidden from driving because " antidepressants have a number of potential risks. These include cognitive and/or psychomotor impairment, which may affect an individual’s ability to operate a motor vehicle. Pretty soon the roads would be empty because almost everyone is on some kind of medication.