APNewsBreak: Police groups question marijuana test

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Leading Illinois law enforcement organizations say motorist safeguards in pending medical marijuana legislation are not strict enough to prevent traffic deaths.

The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois Sheriffs' Association sent a letter Wednesday to Gov. Pat Quinn and other state officials asking for tougher standards.

The Associated Press was given a copy in advance.

The legislation is scheduled for a Senate committee hearing later Wednesday. The idea has won Senate approval in past years but police opposition could give lawmakers pause.

Police groups say the legislation is incorrect in stating that federal officials have OK'd standard field-sobriety tests to determine a motorist under the influence of cannabis. The police groups say the test works for alcohol but not marijuana.

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The bill is HB1.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov

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