A video of two men claiming to show viewers how to get off with driving under the influence is gaining traction online – but all is not as it seems.
Titled ‘how to get away with a drug test’, the TikTok video begins inside a car as it slows down for police on a country road in the NSW Northern Rivers area.
“Have you done a drug test before?” the officer asks through the driver’s window. “[Have you had] anything illicit in the last couple of days?”
“Umm,” the motorists replies, before admitting that he’d recently got high.
“I’m prescribed medical cannabis so yesterday afternoon I had a joint.”
But after checking over his licence and bottle of medication, the policeman waves the men off.
“Let’s go!” they can be heard cheering as they drive away.
Viewers stunned as cops let them go
Since it was uploaded on Wednesday night, the video has racked up more than 818,700 views.
“No f***ing way bro,” one person wrote.
“Omg is this common in Australia, this is wild!” said another.
“You’re meant to keep this s*** underground,” someone else added.
“Legends,” another simply said.
But the pair insist they weren’t doing anything wrong.
Speaking to Yahoo News Australia, the driver Steeze, 25, and passenger Paton, 22, explained that they both take cannabis for medical conditions.
“I’ve got epilepsy so it’s used to help manage sleep and make sure that I don’t get into a situation where I'm not getting sleep and potentially having a seizure,” Steeze said.
“I’ve got this thing called PPPD and it’s just like dizziness which gets really chronic and bad so I got prescribed it for that to bring down the anxiety,” Paton added.
The two men were driving down from the Gold Coast to the Nimbin MardiGrass festival when they were pulled over.
Paton described how the policemen were “a bit puzzled” by the bottle of cannabis but they remained calm.
“We did everything legally,” Paton said.
“On the bottle it says, if not affected you can drive.
“We weren’t affected, we hadn’t smoked on the day, we knew we could drive so we were very confident going in.”
Greens push to legalise cannabis by 2023
Recreational marijuana use could soon be legal across Australia, according to the Greens.
The party says it’s received advice from an expert in constitutional law that all state legislation criminalising cannabis use could be overridden by the commonwealth.
It would be a welcome move for Paton and Steeze who’ve had to jump through hoops to be prescribed medical cannabis.
“I think legalising it would be very good because there’s definitely a lot of people in Australia that need help,” Paton said.
“And they’ve been doing it off the books for a long time and getting in trouble.”
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