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Uncertainty between legally smoking pot and driving laws

Reported by: Venise Toussaint
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Updated: 7/10 12:54 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- As the medical marijuana industry finds its place in Nevada, lawmakers and law enforcement are working on the rules governing the drug's use.

Today a state legislative subcommittee discussed two issues -- driving after using marijuana and striking a balance between patient rights and public safety.

There are 6,300 Nevadans are now legal medical marijuana users, and current laws on driving under the influence are fuzzy regarding the issue.

That's why lawmakers are considering changes.

"Let’s say for example somebody smoked marijuana a week ago, ten days ago, two hours ago... how long does that stay in your body? How does the body metabolize that? That's at the core of this discussion," said attorney John Watkins.

Lawmakers say the legal limit allowed in the system is confusing for everyone.

Nevada law states if a person is caught with two Nanograms of marijuana in their blood or 10 Nanograms in their urine, then they are considered to be intoxicated.

The committee also talked about making changes to the way people apply for medical marijuana cards.

Right now, residents can only apply for a card by mail; the state is working to create an online application system.

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