By now, most are aware of the consequences of driving under the influence whether they learn it through school, a TV show, presentations by youth prevention programs or even in tabloids when their favorite Hollywood actor/actress is charged with a DUI. However, are you aware that the same rules apply to marijuana, even if it is medical? Although several states are loosening their laws on marijuana legality, it is important to know what your state’s laws are about the use of marijuana and driving. With the expansion of medical marijuana legality, it is expected that there will be an increase in the number of marijuana-related DUI arrests in the state of Florida.
There are legal limits for blood alcohol content (BAC) however, there are none for cannabis. While you may think, “Oh, so I can have as much of it as I want”, it is actually the opposite. Any amount in your system will be considered too much, even if the cannabis was prescribed to you. Having a marijuana license is not a valid defense against charges for Driving Under the Influence. While all hope may feel lost, it is not.
There are still ways to defend you against these charges. As any lawyer will tell you, do not admit you are under the influence to police officers. It is best to only give the necessary, basic information like your name and then call a lawyer the second you are able to. One of the common consequences of having a DUI on your record is losing the privilege of driving and having your license suspended. A DUI charge may have harsher consequences if you have prior offenses.