What should you do if you are caught with a lot of weeds driving?
It is well known that “driving at heights” is one of the main arguments used by lawmakers and policymakers against legalizing cannabis around the world. They believe that legalizing cannabis will result in more people driving around under the influence of marijuana. although there is no fact to support the claims.
Unfortunately, in the cannabis world, riding at altitude is a topic that many don’t really understand. Is it wrong to drive up? What are the penalties if you are caught driving at height? All of this is covered in this article. Continue reading!
Is it okay to drive up?
The legalization of cannabis has left many marijuana enthusiasts confused as to whether it is okay to drive up. The only correct answer is no. Driving while under the influence of marijuana is illegal and illegal. While the laws vary from state to state, you will certainly face punishment if you are caught driving at height.
Driving under the influence includes any activity in which driving or control of a vehicle is impaired by alcohol and other drugs. Cannabis belongs to the group of other drugs. This is because cannabis has the power to affect your ability to drive. You can therefore get a DUI for driving while under the influence of cannabis. However, the laws governing DUI regarding cannabis vary from state to state. In Arizona, for example, marijuana users who take it with a prescription cannot be convicted for driving under the influence unless it can be clearly demonstrated that they were impaired while driving. This rule also applies in some other states. On the other hand, there is “drug driving per se” that is practiced in a variety of other states. Under this law, if a predetermined amount of marijuana is found in your system, you will be sentenced.
How do the authorities determine if you are driving under the influence?
The police are the law enforcement agencies responsible for determining if a driver is driving while under the influence of cannabis. Unless you are in possession of marijuana or say a bong, it is a very difficult task for the police to determine if you are really under the influence of cannabis. They mainly rely on physical symptoms to verify the driver. These symptoms include:
While this will help them identify drivers who are driving under the influence of cannabis, it is usually not enough. You will therefore conduct a sobriety test that requires the driver to walk in a straight line or stand on one leg. However, there is still a loophole in the sobriety test. One study found that chronic smokers are most likely to pass the test because they are usually coordinated in such situations. This means that this test is most likely to detect only novice smokers.
If after passing these tests, the police officers’ suspicions are not satisfied, they can take you into custody for a blood or urine test.
Use of road test equipment
Because of the inaccuracy of physical checks performed by police officers, efforts have been made to invent road testing devices that provide more accurate results. With these devices, saliva swabs are taken from the driver and tested for THC. But just like a physical inspection, road test equipment has some loopholes that can lead to inaccurate results. For example, if a driver has been exposed to second hand cannabis, that device will give a positive result for THC, although the driver is most likely not even high. In addition, the road testers can detect THC that has been stored in the driver’s body for days and weeks and return a positive test. Even if you’re not high, a swab test can show you are.
Is it dangerous to drive up?
Yes, it is dangerous to drive high and there are studies to show it. When driving under the influence of marijuana, the National Institute on Substance Abuse said, “Marijuana significantly affects judgment, motor coordination and reaction time.” These are three measures that are very important for safe driving.
Can you pass the test if you go high?
Ideally, you shouldn’t be booting up, but if you find yourself in a situation where you need to take the test, there are ways to get off the hook.
Be coherent: The first thing to do is make sure that you are not driving with cannabis in your car. You also can’t make the mistake of driving in the same shirt that you wore when you smoked. Police watch out for bloodshot eyes, blurred speech and the smell of cannabis. Your bloodshot eyes can be explained as some kind of irritation, so your speech persists. Be coherent and focused. Don’t say too much, just answer whatever questions you are asked.
Refuse the sobriety test: You can refuse to take the sobriety and alcohol test if you don’t feel ready. The penalty for doing this is usually to surrender your driver’s license for some time. However, you can get it back with the help of an experienced lawyer as long as the test has not been taken to confirm that you drove while driving.
You need to prioritize your safety at all times, so it is important to always avoid driving at heights. If you need to go urgently, order an Uber or take a friend over. You can also wait for the cannabis to wear off before setting out on the trip. In addition to the risk to your safety, you can also expect a severe penalty that will hold you back.
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