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Marijuana and DUI
by Tom Hudson
|From the looks of
things, marijuana is going to be legalized in an increasing number of
jurisdictions in the years ahead. And even where it's not legal, there
are still a lot of people who relax with a blunt now and then. That
means there will be more cases of driving under the influence of
marijuana. What does that mean?
For one thing, it means DUI lawyers will have to be familiar with more than just alcohol metabolism. Knowing how the body metabolizes THC will be essential to defending cases of "stoned" driving.
For example, did you know that many forensic labs don't test for Delta 9-THC, the active ingredient in marijuana? It's true. Lab reports often report the presence of "Carboxy-delta 9-THC. BUT IT'S NOT THE SAME THING as Delta 9-THC. It's a chemistry thing.
So if a citizen is charged with driving while high, but the lab finds only Carboxy THC, it means that the driver WASNT impaired!
There are a lot of lawyers over the years who have allowed their clients to plead guilty just because they saw "THC" on the lab report and didn't realize that carboxyl THC isn't the same as the stuff that gets you high.
If you have a case that involves marijuana, then you need to seek a lawyer who knows the difference. And that's us.
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