Cannabis consumers can protect themselves from unreliable police methods to determine impairment with new insurance coverage that provides financial and legal protection for those charged with driving under the influence of marijuana. The new insurance product from Salt Lake City-based Reepher launched this week in Missouri, with a nationwide rollout ultimately expected.
Justin Kahn, CEO and co-founder of Reepher, noted in a statement from the company that drug tests for marijuana do not indicate if a person is high. Instead, the tests detect the presence of cannabis metabolites, which can remain in the system for weeks after ingestion, particularly for frequent users.
“Unlike alcohol, there is currently no chemical test for cannabis impairment. THC and cannabis metabolites stay in your system and can trigger positive drug test results in sober drivers,” Kahn said. “This means that a regular cannabis consumer is likely to fail a drug test regardless of the last time they consumed it.”