The laws in California have changed in 2018. But perhaps one of the law changes that has caused the most furor is related to cannabis. After all, laws that kick in 2018 include those that change the status of the drug allowing for recreational use. This will impact drivers as well, as many will believe that driving intoxicated won’t get them in trouble.
In order to avoid accidents and troubles with the law, we are reminding our readers and clients that making use of the substance may be legal, but that doesn’t mean that individuals will be allowed to smoke anywhere they want. Instead, they will be able to consume the substance in their private residence.
According to the California Highway Patrol, officials are still allowed to give individuals tickets for smoking marijuana in public. Officers even go as far as saying that cannabis is the same as alcohol and just like alcohol, cannabis cannot be consumed by someone who’s driving or someone who will be driving promptly after consumption.
Those who do not follow the rules and choose to drive under the influence of marijuana must beware that they may end up with a felony DUI under their belt.
Drivers who are serious about their safety must keep in mind that even as California legalizes marijuana, it doesn’t mean that driving while intoxicated is now legal as well. Driving is a responsibility and as such, drivers must remember that they can put others as well as themselves in grave danger if they do not take it seriously.
Driving under the influence of marijuana can lead to a felony DUI. CHP officials said it will be up to officers to use their discretion due to the lack of a universal test for suspected cannabis influenced drivers.
If you’re ever injured in a crash caused by an intoxicated and negligent driver, do not hesitate to contact us. We will evaluate your case entirely for free to help you know whether you should get an attorney to represent you or not.
For more on how the new marijuana law will impact drivers, follow this link.