With anything related to driving, Dutch law is merciless. It is not just recreational users who are punished, but also those who use cannabis for medicinal reasons. Why this does not actually help road safety is explained in an exclusive multi-part series from the Cannabis News Network. In Part 4, the focus is on the human toll.
Since 1 July 2017, police have been testing drivers not only for alcohol but also for other substances such as amphetamine, cocaine and cannabis. Anyone who is over a given limit will face sanctions.
The consequences of this policy are gradually becoming clear. Even people who use cannabis for medicinal purposes are being dealt with harshly. One of them is Shiva Spaarenberg, who experienced at first hand the far-reaching consequences of cannabis consumption in traffic.
When honesty becomes a handicap
On 27 December 2016, Shiva was spot-checked in traffic by the police. When the police inquired about the cannabis smell in her car, Shiva admitted to having smoked a joint, as she has been suffering from migraine and muscle tension for years. Much to her surprise, Shiva was allowed to drive on without being fined….