“Penalties for roadside drug testing for cannabis are far more severe than for drivers with a positive random breath test for alcohol. Loss of a driving licence is a very severe penalty for people with serious health problems who require frequent medical care and people living in rural areas.”
The government implements Australia-wide uniform drug driving laws to allow for a complete defence to the presence of THC in a driver’s oral fluid or blood when:
- The driver has a valid doctor’s prescription for a medicine containing THC;
- The offence does not involve dangerous or reckless driving; and
- An officer cannot establish driver impairment.