Marijuana And DUI – Laws, Tests, And Penalties

Marijuana in the DUI cases

By Robert Russel The acronym DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence and it represents the crime of driving a vehicle while affected by alcohol or other drugs to a level when the driver can’t operate the vehicle safely. Depending on the state that you are living in, penalties for alcohol and the drugs may Read the full article…

Governor Signs Bill Reducing Marijuana Penalties In Illinois

10 grams or less of marijuana will be a civil offense, punishable with a fine of up to $200

By Ivan Moreno, AP ILLINOIS: Marijuana possession in small amounts in Illinois will be punishable by fines but not jail time after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Friday that makes the state the third largest to decriminalize minor pot offenses. The new law, which takes effect immediately, makes having 10 grams or less of marijuana will be Read the full article…

AACC Annual Scientific Meeting Focuses On The Latest Research on Cannabis Use and Testing

As legal recreational and medical marijuana use gains traction, it is critical that law enforcement have a way to test for whether someone is driving under the influence.

PENNSYLVANIA: At the 68th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo—the premier global conference and exhibit for laboratory medicine—visionaries in the field will illuminate the pioneering research and technology paving the way for better clinical testing and patient care. From July 31–August 4 in Philadelphia, the meeting will feature more than 200 talks on a broad range Read the full article…

Marijuana Lessons For Canada: USA vs Portugal vs Netherlands

Cannabis in Canada

CANADA: Canada’s new government has promised to legalize marijuana in 2016, but until that happens, you can still get charged for possession, growing or selling marijuana. All these activities are currently illegal and possible penalties, if you get convicted, range from a small fine to getting a criminal record. The case’s outcome depends on whether you Read the full article…

Marijuana Breathalyzer Test Could Be Coming Soon

"The idea is that law enforcement will have one device out on the road to test for both THC [a marijuana component] and alcohol," said Hound Labs CEO and founder Dr. Mike Lynn, an emergency room physician at Highland Hospital, in Oakland.

CALIFORNIA: A new invention may soon make it easier for police who pull over risky drivers to test them for marijuana impairment on the spot, in addition to the usual alcohol breath test. A marijuana breathalyzer will begin clinical trials early next year, the Oakland, California-based Hound Labs Inc. announced this week. Typically, measuring the level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) Read the full article…

Colorado Reports Uptick In Marijuana-Related Driving Offenses In 2014

In Denver, impaired driving tickets involving marijuana doubled from 33 to 66 in one year. The Colorado State Patrol reported that 77 percent of its cases involved marijuana.

COLORADO: A majority of tickets for driving under the influence in Colorado involved marijuana in 2014, according to new law enforcement statistics released in September. The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area is a collection of federal, state and local law enforcement in four states. Colorado is the only one with legal recreational marijuana, so Read the full article…

Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice Bans Police Stops Solely For Suspected Marijuana

“Permitting police to stop a vehicle based on reasonable suspicion that an occupant possesses marijuana does not serve [the] objectives” of the law change, Justice Margot Botsford wrote for the majority.

MASSACHUSETTS: In a decision hailed by civil rights advocates and supporters of marijuana legalization, the state’s highest court ruled Tuesday that police cannot stop motorists solely because they suspect the vehicle’s occupants are in possession of the drug. The Supreme Judicial Court based its 5-2 ruling largely on a measure that voters approved in 2008 that Read the full article…

How Much Does Marijuana Impact Your Driving?

According to the most recent national roadside survey from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of weekend nighttime drivers, 8.3 percent had some alcohol in their system and 12.6 percent tested positive for THC—up from 8.6 percent in 2007.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: A rigorous federal research study by the National Institute on Drug Abuse offers new data on the effects of marijuana on driving performance. The exact impact of marijuana on driving ability is a controversial subject—and it’s become more important states continue to loosen their drug laws. And, while drunk driving is on Read the full article…

Traveling This Summer? Here’s A Map Of The Strictest And Most Lenient States For Marijuana Possession

Turns out that some of the so-called “pot-friendly states” aren’t as lenient as we thought.

If you plan on doing a little traveling this summer and part of your trip will involve bringing along your stash of weed let this map and the graphic below be your “How-To Guide” for traveling with marijuana. A quick at-a-glance… — Weed may be legal in Colorado, but carrying more than 8 ounces of it Read the full article…

Ohio Students’ Device to Detect Marijuana Use By Motorists

OHIO: Two Ohio graduate students have invented a device that will allow law enforcement officers to determine whether motorists have used marijuana. The Plain Dealer reports  that two biomedical engineering graduate students at the University of Akron hope to market their roadside testing device to states where marijuana use has been legalized. Mariam Crow and Kathleen Stitzlein’s Read the full article…