CHP Says Driving While Smoking Weed Is Illegal

California Highway Patrol lately determined to alert drivers that driving and smoking weed on the similar time is completely not authorized. Recreational marijuana gross sales start subsequent week within the state, they usually need to make sure that individuals don’t begin getting blazed whereas they’re driving round city.

There is one a part of their announcement that’s much more essential. Not solely can drivers not be getting excessive whereas they’re driving, passengers aren’t allowed to smoke hashish whereas within the automotive. So even when you’re not driving, no hashish smoking might be allowed.

As for smoking earlier than you drive, it will probably nonetheless get you a DUI. However, California has but to find out how a lot THC in somebody’s blood means they’re too excessive to drive, so it principally depends upon the way you’re appearing, if there’s a odor of marijuana within the automotive and different elements. In different states, like Washington, officers have sadly set limits on blood-THC ranges too low. They’re so low that somebody who received actually excessive yesterday and hasn’t smoked at present might get a DUI, just because THC stays in your system for for much longer than alcohol.

How California handles stoned driving will probably affect how the remainder of the nation handles it, so it’s essential that officers get it proper. The last item Californians want is a bunch of individuals going to jail for victimless crimes after they already legalized hashish.

[Photo by California Highway Patrol/Wikimedia]


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