In an undeniable overstepping of government authority, a new piece of legislation has been introduced in West Virginia this week that would require drug testing for those in the state attempting to get their learners permit at 15, again when they get their intermediate license at 16, and a third time when being issues their full license.
The measure, House Bill 2528, has been referred to the state’s Committee on Roads and Transportation. Contacting the committee members is an urgent step constituents must take in opposing this measure.
Although we would never condone teenagers using any illegal substance, drug testing them in order for them to receive their license is absurd, and borderline unconstitutional. It’s also dangerous, as it pushes kids directly to alcohol. Kids will quickly realize that the safer substance, cannabis, can linger in their body for weeks after last consumption. The bill’s primary sponsor has stated that he hopes to eventually expand this to include drug tests for all adults wishing to get a license renewal.
Marijuana is Safer. So Why Are We Driving People to Drink?, quickly comes to mind.
The measure will be voted on in the coming days.