In California, there are two facts that create challenges for citizens, law enforcement, and professionals in the legal field. First, it is legal to consume marijuana, both for medicinal and recreational purposes. Second, it is illegal for you to drive while under the influence of marijuana, even if you are using it for medicinal purposes.
There have been conflicting opinions and data about whether or not legalizing marijuana has resulted in more DUIs. Some studies claim that there are more impaired drivers and car accidents post-legalization than there were before. Others say there is no conclusive link between car accidents and legalizing cannabis use.
All of this data may be looking at the bigger picture, but if you want proof that driving under the influence of marijuana matters, you can ask the people most directly affected. Last year in California, a man with high traces of marijuana in his blood was involved in a head-on collision with a car driven by a pregnant woman. The car accident claimed the lives of the woman and her baby.
Despite all the different attitudes about the subject, one thing everyone can agree on is that endangering others’ safety is never a good thing. Jail time, getting fined hundreds of dollars, and license suspensions are also things everyone would like to avoid. If you are caught driving under the influence, you could be facing all of these. So no matter what your opinion is on legalizing marijuana, it’s best to follow the laws of the land and make sure to prioritize your own safety and the safety of others on the road.