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Marijuana & Driving in 2023: It’s Not Just Delta-9-THC Anymore

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MST); 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)

Presenter

Erin Karschner, Forensic Toxicologist (Armed Forces) & Rebecca Hartman, Chief Toxicologist (Monroe County, Rochester, NY)

Marijuana is the second most frequently encountered substance in driving under the influence (DUI) cases in the United States. Legalization has resulted in more drivers exposed to Delta-9-THC, the primary intoxicating component of marijuana. In states that have not yet legalized marijuana, man-made variants of Delta-9-THC are often sold in products as legal alternatives. These variants, or isomers, can be found in stores and online in infused cannabis flower, vaping oils, and in various edible forms. In particular, Delta-8-THC and Delta-10-THC isomers are now appearing in seized drug and DUI cases. This presentation will describe indicators of marijuana intoxication on the road, the most reliable methods of detecting marijuana use during a Drug Recognition Expert evaluation, and the importance of blood collection time for toxicology results. Cases involving THC isomers will be highlighted, and analysis and interpretation issues will be discussed.

DRE and the IACP 2023: Updates & Enhancements

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MST); 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)

Presenter

Joe Abrusci, Jim Maisani & Chuck Hayes - DECP Regional Project Managers, IACP

This session is intended to provide an update on projects related to and affecting the DRE program that are underway, as well as new offerings to help further ARIDE and DRE training. Additionally, it will provide updates on recent and pending Frye/Daubert Hearings regarding the DRE program. Finally, it will provide information on judicial and prosecutor training related to the DRE program.

Is It Medical? How is a DRE to know?

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MST); 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)

Presenter

Tom Morehouse - DRE Agency Coordinator, Baltimore County Police Department

There has been an increase in high profile cases making national news concerning drug impairment and medical impairment cases. In some of these cases, officers thought it was a medical situation, but the person was under the influence of drugs. There have been situations where a DRE was involved and decided the impairment was because of drugs, when it was a medical issue. In this workshop, the presenter will review four common medical conditions (Stroke, Hypoglycemia, Parkinson’s Disease, and Autism/IDD) that officers could encounter both on the street and during DRE evaluations. Signs and symptoms of each situation will be reviewed and explained so that both prosecutors and law enforcement can better understand and differentiate these issues when investigating and prosecuting a potential DUI.

The Cannabis Impaired Driver: What We Can Expect to See

Tuesday, April 18, 2023

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MST); 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)

Presenter

Shannon Bryant - Nevada TSRP

Cannabis is not a new drug to the impaired driving scene. However, as more states continue to legalize its use for recreational purposes, the cannabis industry has exploded along with the variety and forms of the products. Many of these products contain few, if any, of the telltale signs of the past, such as odor. The mainstreaming of these products has resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of people using cannabis products and choosing to get behind the wheel. This presentation will cover how cannabis affects the human brain and how those effects translate into observable indicators, allowing for law enforcement to better document the cannabis DUI case to enhance the ability of prosecutors to proceed with such a case. Additionally, it will provide a background into cannabis impairment for prosecutors, so that they can better evaluate and prepare for the handling of the difficult cannabis DUI case in court using a Drug Recognition Expert or other expert witness.

The Implicit Four-Letter Word: "Bias". . . in Traffic Cases

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MST); 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)

Presenter

Nicole Cofer - WV TSRP

Implicit Biases are held by all regardless of race, gender or status, and that bias has the ability to spill into our work. This talk with take a look at the role bias can play in the investigation, prosecuting and sentencing of traffic cases, and help us to look inward to be cognizant of what biases we may possess and if those biases play a role in how we handle our cases.

.05 - Utah’s Experiment in Saving Lives

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (MST); 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PST)

Presenter

Tyson Skeen - Utah TSRP and Sgt. Jared Cornia - Utah Highway Patrol

This session will discuss how Utah became the first state in the country to have a per se impaired driving level of .05 BAC. What happened? What is happening now? Where is this going? This session will discuss the mandatory training included in the statute for law enforcement that goes along with the amended per se impaired driving level. It will review how police, prosecutors, and the courts have all responded to the change and how things are really going when the rubber hits the road in Utah now with four years of experience after the change took place.