HEATH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Investigators say a pair of newlyweds killed in an Allegan County crash and the driver responsible for it all had medical marijuana cards, further complicating their investigation.
Logan Allbaugh, 24, and his 22-year-old wife, Hannah Kwekel, died July 17 when another driver failed to stop at a stop sign at 128th Avenue and M-40 in Heath Township, pushing the couple’s car into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
Allbaugh and Kwekel got married June 23 not far from where the crash happened.
Capt. Chris Kuhn of the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office said the driver who caused the crash had a prescription for medical marijuana. However, it’s too soon to know if the drug was in his system at the time of the crash. Toxicology tests are pending.
Kuhn says Allbaugh and Kwekel also had medical marijuana cards. Additionally, the couple had what appeared to be a state application to become a licensed medical marijuana provider, according to Kuhn.
Even with a medical marijuana card, it’s against the law to drive with active levels of marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient in your system. However, there is no set legal limit to determine when a driver is high, making it difficult to prove marijuana use led to the crash.
Kuhn said the situation underlines a serious concern of law enforcement about the push to legalize marijuana before giving the Legislature enough time to study its effects and create appropriate laws to regulate it like alcohol.
Kent and four other Michigan counties are currently part of a pilot program for roadside drug testing; however, Allegan County is not one of them.