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Drug DUIs could be an issue for legal marijuana users

Medical marijuana is legal in the state of Pennsylvania. However, authorities there are concerned that residents may be charged with a DUI even if they are not under the influence of the substance. This is because a driver may be charged with a DUI if any amount of a schedule one drug is found in their system. For those who have medical authority to use marijuana, the law could be problematic.

Lawmakers in the state say that they are committed to finding a balance between enforcing the law and doing so compassionately. A representative from Pennsylvania State Police Troop J did acknowledge that consuming too much marijuana before driving could be hazardous. However, other states have taken action as it relates to those who drive and have permission to use marijuana for legitimate medical purposes. For instance, Arizona has ruled that drivers cannot be convicted of a DUI unless there is proof that they were impaired.

Colorado and Washington residents may have up to five nannograms of THC per milliliter of blood without being charged with a DUI. The Journal of Law and Economics conducted a study of 19 states where medical marijuana is legal, and it found that there was a reduction in traffic deaths of between 8 and 11 percent.

People who have been issued impaired driving charges, whether it be drugs or alcohol, could face a variety of consequences for their actions if convicted, including incarceration and steep fines. As a result, it might be advisable to have legal assistance when attempting to counter the allegations.

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