As marijuana becomes legal in more states, governments across the country are still searching for reliable ways to test for cannabis and its impact on driving. As of March of 2017, seven states and the District of Columbia have all passed laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use, yet none have reliable roadside toxicology tests that can say for sure if someone’s too high to drive in the way a breathalyzer or blood test can show if someone’s too drunk.
Despite the increasingly legal use of cannabis in many states, law enforcement officers do not have the equivalent of a reliable breathalyzer or blood testing method for estimating how the drug is impacting the brain in relation to operating a vehicle. The current blood tests detect some of the marijuana components. But, there is not a widely accepted, standardized way to determine whether a person is impaired. States are beginning to pass legislation regarding standardized testing for cannabis and driving. It is much more difficult for the government to prove someone is “impaired” from the use of marijuana than it is to prove impairment from alcohol.
The Bottom Line: If ever you are in a situation where you have been suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana, consult the best criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Blood testing provides police with accurate THC levels, but the controversy lies in this matter. Since THC stays in the body longer, habitual users could be in constant violation according to the blood tests. Let me help you. 513.260.2099