Driving While Intoxicated: Marijuana

The legalization of marijuana has swept the nation in recent years. But with the inflation of both recreational and medical marijuana use, there’s been a growing concern about its impact on people’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. Just because a drug is legal does not mean it is safe to use while driving. Many Americans disagree.

A survey by The American Automobile Association (AAA) showed that an estimated 14.8 million drivers report getting behind the wheel within one hour after using marijuana in the past month.

Impact of Driving While High

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main active ingredient in marijuana, affects areas of the brain that control your body’s movements, balance, coordination, memory, and judgment. The effects are similar to driving while drunk.

Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study revealed that marijuana users were 25% more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers with no evidence of marijuana use.

While Minnesota’s state legislature approved the medical marijuana program in 2014, it is still known as one of the most restrictive programs in the country. Minnesota’s law makes it clear: Driving under the influence of marijuana, even with a lawful prescription, results in a jail sentence of up to 90 days, a maximum fine of $1,000, and a suspension of your driver’s license for 180 days.

Call Our Minnesota DWI Defense Attorneys

A person arrested for drugged driving in Minnesota will be charged with a DWI. The consequences can be damaging and have a long-lasting impact if you don’t retain an experienced DWI attorney quickly. We understand that the criminal justice system is complex, and being arrested for a DWI can be an upsetting time for you and your family. That is why our team at Brockton D. Hunter P.A. takes the time to get to know you to develop an effective defense strategy.

Call our Minneapolis firm today at (612) 979-1112 to schedule a free consultation.