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NCJ Number: 200782 Find in a Library
Title: Influence of Drug Policy on Transportation Policy Decisions
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:32  Issue:2  Dated:Spring 2002  Pages:567-572
Author(s): Juergen Neumeyer
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 6
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discussed the revocation of driving licenses in Germany in cases of cannabis possession.
Abstract: The 1994 German Federal Constitutional Court’s “cannabis decision” reappraised soft drugs such as cannabis, making marijuana possession a criminal offense. In the 1990’s people stopped for traffic violation were increasingly charged with illegal drug offenses, yet the effective ingredient in cannabis, THC, has no acute impact on driving ability. Instead, criminal investigations of individuals in possession of marijuana were the aim of police officials waging a fight in the drug war, such as narcotics officers’ imposition of a driving ban against persons charged with the consumption of illegal drugs. In Germany road traffic safety is being used as a symbolic excuse to further general drug prevention policy and to issue sanctions against drug users. References
Main Term(s): Driving Under the Influence (DUI); Driving without a license
Index Term(s): Foreign drug law enforcement; Germany; Marijuana; Youth (Under 15); Youthful DUI offenders
Note: Special Issue: Confronting the Prohibition Model: German Drug Policy in the 21st Century, see NCJ-200770-781, and NCJ-200783-786
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