Driving and Marijuana Don’t Mix

While marijuana usage throughout the United States is at an all time high, mainly due to the legalization of marijuana usage in most states – it’s still against the law to drive under the influence of marijuana. 

Driving under the influence of marijuana is the same as driving under the influence of alcohol in the eyes of the legal system. It is still considered a D.U.I. driving offense. 

There are many roadside tests that police can utilize in order to see if a driver is under the influence of alcohol, but those tests don’t typically apply to a driver who has been using marijuana. This makes it very challenging for police to crack down on marijuana usage and driving. However, just because it isn’t easy for law enforcement to tell if someone is under the influence of marijuana, it doesn’t mean they can’t. 

A D.U.I. is a very serious crime and the court and legal system does not care if a driver was arrested for being under the influence of alcohol or marijuana. Either way, the driver was impaired and should not have been operating a motor vehicle. This is very important to think about, since many drivers feel that they are ok to drive after using marijuana. 

The same penalties and consequences that a person convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol pertain to someone who was convicted of driving under the influence of marijuana. Large fines, expensive court and legal fees, loss of license and even jail time are all realities that come with driving under the influence. Not to mention that driving while intoxicated can cause serious injury or even death to your own person or others on the roadway. 

It is always illegal to get behind the wheel of a vehicle when you have consumed marijuana. Even if marijuana is legal in your state. There is no such thing as a ‘safe’ amount of marijuana to consume and drive a vehicle. 

If you are going to partake in using marijuana, always make the appropriate plans ahead of time if you need to go somewhere. 

The average cost of a D.U.I. conviction in the United States is roughly $10,000. That includes court and legal fees, higher insurance costs, lost wages from work and attorney fees. 

Driving under the influence of any substance is simply not worth it. It’s not worth it financially and it’s most certainly not worth your life or the life of another person.