MARIJUANA RELATED DUIS
Did you know Marijuana related DUIs are just as possible as alcohol related DUIs? With the recent legalization of marijuana in many states, we should expect new regulations regarding its use, and more importantly, overuse, both recreationally and medically. Many anticipate more states to adapt the new marijuana laws, and with it additional laws for driving while under the influ-ence related to marijuana.
This is spurring a rising need for implementation of field blood tests because it is not currently possi-ble to gauge whether someone is under the influence of marijuana without a blood test on the spot. However, they are not be 100% reliable, and may not hold up in court. In addition, as with BAC tests, a THC content level exists that is considered to cause “impaired” driving. However, many argue that these blood tests cannot be completely accurate, as people metabolize THC differently.
The problem with measuring THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical compound of marijuana, is that it metabolizes in a different way than alcohol does. High levels of THC in the body does not nec-essarily mean that the person is currently under the influence of marijuana. Whereas with alcohol, if you have a measurable amount in your system, it means that you have recently consumed an alcohol-ic beverage.
Because the marijuana laws are so new in some states, statutes and regulations are constantly chang-ing and evolving.
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