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With legalization movements in full swings across the country, a considerable amount of law is changing, and DUIs are one of them. However, what exactly is considered ‘impaired’ in the eyes of the law, and how is it measured? Marijuana.com gives us some insight into the reasoning behind drugged driving laws.

 Impairment and Drugged Driving: What Does It Mean?

Impairment and Drugged Driving: What Does It Mean?

By The Stoner's Cookbook

Driving under the influence of any substance is both illegal & dangerous, whether it comes from a flask, bong or prescription bottle. Here's what we need to know about high DUI laws.

  • Alcohol

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    When it comes to alcohol, it's clear to both the scientific and law enforcement communities as to what constitutes impairment. This limits the gray area that law enforcement can encounter.

  • The Sober Society

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    With marijuana use on the rise, measuring sobriety of users is becoming a more and more pressing issue. However, the problem is that there are no agreed-upon standards for measuring sobriety.

  • Lost in Translation

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Most states have adopted a stance similar to alcohol: if more than a pre-determined amount of THC is found in your bloodstream, you are deemed impaired. But just how accurate is this measure?

  • The Problem

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    THC metabolizes slowly, and can stay in your system for several days, even after the psychoactive effects have worn off. Currently in 10 states, it is illegal to drive with any THC in your system.

  • Experienced Victims

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    This most significantly affects experienced users, who build up tolerance to the substance, meaning they experience lesser psychoactive effects. Yet, THC stays in their system for a longer time.

  • Side Effects of Law

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    On top of the measure being inaccurate, it creates an opportunity for law enforcement to punish those who have engaged in legally protected behavior, and have not posed any traffic safety threat.

  • Different Reactions

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Finally, people react differently to marijuana, which seriously quetsions the credibility of THC testing. However, until better measures are found, these laws will remain in place.

  • The Takeaway

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Be sure you know what the legal limit is in your state & be sure to comply. Let's face it: drugged driving is as bad as drunk driving; while the laws may need an update, they're not irrelevant.

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