Marijuana And Driving – Intoxicated or Not?
Marijuana and driving may be the next big drunk driving issue within the United States, which is due to the passage of many laws allowing for the drug’s use for either recreation or medicinal purposes. It is interesting for individual’s who qualify for protection under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (known as MMMA), while it is per say illegal for general recreational users of marijuana when they are found to be driving or operating a motor vehicle. This means that if marijuana or THC is found within an individual’s system they will automatically be determined to be intoxicated even if they are not high. This is different for MMMA Patients. The reasoning for this is the MMMA and the decision opined in People v Koon.
However, the protection afforded by the MMMA and interpreted in Koon is not absolute, and thus individual’s need to understand what it takes in order to be convicted of drunk driving while using marijuana and being an MMMA patient.
Even the scientific and forensic communities are not certain about the correlation between marijuana and driving habits, issues or inferiorities. In fact, there are discrepancies in studies when attempting to determine whether or not there is an actual correlation between being intoxicated by marijuana and driving a motor vehicle, i.e. is your ability to operate a car effected when your high?
I recently scribed an article attempting to explain and outline the difficultes in detecting a level of intoxication that was indicative of an individual being high because of marijuana while driving a motor vehicle. If you are interested in the topic of marijuana and driving under the influence of the substance please read “Marijuana And Driving In Michigan: Identifying Intoxication.”
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