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Commission on Impaired Driving

Matt Allen, with the ACLU of Massachusetts, said his presence on the commission is to make sure rights aren’t violated.

He said in other states with recreational marijuana, there have been cases where marijuana stays in someone’s body days after they’ve consumed the drug.

“We want to make sure that kind of test doesn’t result in people being criminalized,” Allen said. “Particularly medical marijuana patients who may be marijuana users but may not be intoxicated.”

Last fall, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that field sobriety tests are not conclusive evidence of marijuana intoxication.

Walpole Police Chief John Carmichael said his officers conduct what’s now called a roadside assessment. He said it’s essentially a field sobriety test, officers just can’t use words like “test” or “fail” when testifying in court.