Northern Star editor David Kirkpatrick
Northern Star editor David Kirkpatrick

ACA set to take pot shot at us

LOOK out, A Current Affair is apparently on its way up here to poke fun at our region over NSW's drug driving laws.

This will be the usual dope-smoking, dole- bludging, hippy-bashing beat-up we've all become used to copping from national media fixated on the cliched view of the Northern Rivers.

After dumping on us from a great height, they will return to morally-superior Sydney and thumb their noses at us from a great distance.

It's the kind of hatchet job we've become accustomed to and yet I'd regard the Northern Rivers as of the most socially progressive regions of NSW to live.

NSW's current drug driving laws are being tested in the courts here and found to be wanting.

This follows coverage of a case in Lismore this week where Magistrate David Heilpern found Lismore man Joseph Carrall not guilty of a drug driving offence on the grounds he had an "honest and resonable belief" he did not have a detectable quantity of cannabis in his system.

The police prosecutor in the case was concerned this defence would "open the floodgates" and lessen the impact of recent legislation on this matter.

One of the major sticking points seems to be around how long cannabis stays in your system and remains detectable.

In this precedent-setting case the defendant said he had waited nine days after the consumption of cannabis before getting behind the wheel of his car again.

But the NSW Centre for Road Safety says cannabis can de detected in saliva up to 12 hours after use.



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