In few federal states, the marijuana is allowed to use for the recreational purpose. In fact, majority of the sates allow the medical use of this stuff. So does it mean that you have permission to drive under the influence of marijuana? The answer is both ‘YES’ and ‘NO’ based on your situation how much you take and where you are.
Just like a person is not allowed to drive after excessive drinking, you don’t have the right to drive after taking excessive amount of marijuana. Now how much is that ‘excessive’ amount depends on the state you stay as it starts from ‘zero’ to ‘some’.
Effects of Marijuana While Driving
Although according to several experts, taking cannabis is safer than alcohol and it is used in several prescription drugs, no responsible marijuana user drives any vehicle under the impaired condition. Marijuana can affect on driving especially on the driving simulator performances after three hours from its taking. From worse car handling to impaired estimate of distance, more reaction time, lack of coordination, sleepiness and decreased vigilance are among those impairments due to marijuana influence.
In comparison to smoking marijuana, its effect stays longer while it is consumed. In fact, the effect stays in the system more than three hours.
Measurement of Marijuana Levels
THC is known as the active component of this drug. As it is quite easy to measure the level of alcohol concentration in blood using the breathalyzer at the roadside, THC level measurement is not that much easy. In order to check the impairment due to marijuana, the suspects are kept under observation and standard field sobriety tests. Afterward, the suspect driver is arrested and taken to the diagnostic center or hospital for his or her blood test.
Level of Danger
Based on the state, it is decided how much presence of THC in the blood is considered as ‘dangerous’ to labeled as ‘impairment’ or ‘incapacity’ to drive so that an officer can link up directly to drug ingestion while driving. In several states in the Unites States, anything over zero is considered as too much. In fact, the law of some states allows using medical marijuana that means a patent does not have the permission to drive.
Other states permit a marijuana user to drive after taking limited amount of THC say 0.01 or 0.02 percent and any amount beyond this limitation will be considered as violation of the law.
The Law of DUID
While you are caught to drive after getting too high, you will be charged under the DUID act. Now different states have different laws of DUID and it is the responsibility of every marijuana user, be it for medical purpose or recreational purpose, he or she must be aware of the level. Moreover, you should also know whether the law of your state allows the defendants to fight in the court and prove that they were not in the impaired condition at that time.
Contact a DUID Lawyer
If you are caught followed by an arrest for driving under the influence of marijuana, things become complicated. In such situation, you need to contact a reputable and experienced DUID lawyer who can take you out from this problem.