As one of the pioneer states for legalizing recreational consumption of cannabis, Colorado has been under a microscope for years now by the nation. Our state is currently grappling with State and Federal regulations and how to balance local voter rights against a Schedule 1 drug. One major problem facing law enforcement and drivers alike is determining the laws and regulations centering around driving under the influence. Colorado has become a hot spot of activity for this challenge, bringing in professionals from all corners of the country to determine a system that is accurate and fair for all individuals.
Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation surrounding cannabis and driving. If you’re facing penalties for driving under the influence of marijuana, it’s important to find a DUI lawyer with the experience and drive to help you achieve optimal results. If you or a loved one are facing a DUI arrest in Denver, the Law Office of Jill M. Jackson is here to help. For years, Jill M. Jackson has delivered legal assistance for DUI charges, criminal cases, personal injury claims, and more. Her focus on delivering a personalized and comprehensive approach for your case ensures that you are receiving quality representation.
Modern DWI and DUI laws concerning driving under the influence of marijuana are more confusing for commuters than ever before. Today, we’ll highlight a few questions that are commonly asked concerning driving while intoxicated with THC. If you are in need of a professional DUI lawyer for your case, be sure to reach out to our law office for assistance.
Can I drive if I have ingested cannabis? We strongly recommend against it. While the law holds fairly clear judgement and measurements for driving while under the influence of alcohol, marijuana use at the wheel still remains unclear. The State’s view on “driving dirty” is that you cannot accurately determine your own level of impairment. Any amount of THC taken by a driver should be considered dangerous, as there is no way to accurately determine how impaired an individual can be.
Is there a legal maximum for marijuana impairment while driving? Unlike alcohol, it has been very challenging for Colorado to come to a consensus on an accurate and reliable method for testing THC impairment. Each substance is metabolized differently, requiring an entirely new DUI check system. Our state now uses a system that measures the THC content in your blood by the nanogram, with five nanograms per milliliter as the threshold for assessing DUI charges. While states such as Montana and Washington rely on this measurement the same as alcohol for accepting impairment, Colorado views it as a “permissible inference” of impairment. This means that a THC measurement would only help in establishing evidence of being under the influence. 12 states across our country follow a stricter system, where any detectable amount of THC can lead to a DUI arrest.
Can I drive if I only consume medicinal marijuana? The answer here is no. Any substance that can impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle is not allowed to be used regardless of its medical value. Even if you have a legitimate prescription for a physician, charges can still be filed if you are found to be impaired. This same concept applies to medications of all varieties. Picking up your pills at the pharmacy is perfectly fine, but if those pills impair your ability to drive in any way, you are at risk of facing DUI charges.
Laws concerning driving impairment and cannabis are murky, to say the least. Next time, we’ll continue our blog by answering more common questions on the matter. If you’re dealing with a DUI arrest in Denver, be sure to reach out to the Law Office of Jill M. Jackson for help. Contact us today to see how we can help your case.