This month, federal researchers finished a three-year study on the effects
of marijuana on driving. Now that Washington and Colorado legalize the
recreational use of marijuana – and with the majority of Americans
favoring legalization nationwide – marijuana DUIs have become a
hot issue. They have also become an issue that has sparked a great deal
of controversy and confusion, especially when it comes to answering the
when is a driver too high to drive?
In an attempt to answer this question, a group of scientists and volunteers
conducted a three-year study using the federally funded University of
Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS). The NADS is capable
of simulating numerous driving situations, including everything from gravel
roads to unexpected animals jumping into the roadway.
As part of the study, volunteers were required to use marijuana, a combination
of marijuana and alcohol, or a placebo before using the driving simulator.
This study is similar to those used to determine legal limits for alcohol
DUIs. Researchers announced that they will begin analyzing the data and
will release results later this year.
Marijuana DUI Lawyer in Atlanta
The study's primary goal is to determine if there should be a zero
tolerance policy for driving under the influence of marijuana, or if there
is a safe limit that can be set. Currently, Washington and Colorado establishes
the legal marijuana DUI limit at 5 nanograms of THC per ml of blood. Many
advocates, lawmakers, and experts disagree with the limit, however, stating
that it is not an accurate reflection of how impaired a driver may be,
especially if they are regular marijuana users.
While we wait for researchers to release results – and lawmakers
to make decisions – it is important to remember that
driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal in Georgia. Because testing standards are still in a grey area, marijuana DUI cases
are often complex. As such, anyone who is arrested for this offense should
be aware that there is often the potential to create an effective defense
that works to reduce or dismiss charges and penalties.
If you or someone you love has recently been arrested for driving under
the influence of marijuana, an Atlanta DUI lawyer from The Law Offices
of Howard J. Weintruab, P.C. can help. To discuss your case and learn
more about your defense, request a consultation today by calling 404-907-1536.