Marijuana is the second substance that causes impaired driving & accidents. But its use is getting relaxed. Would the rules change accordingly? The laws about influence of alcohol are pretty clear almost across the United States. This is mainly because most people react to alcohol the same way and the effect of it is short term. After about four hours body can get rid of the intake. However, it does not appear to be straightforward in case of weeds.
Legalization of marijuana use is considered and its use has already been relaxed in many states. It is interesting to see how the rules will change to deal with it. Although there are already legislation in place would they change with the new look to using these weeds?
Currently, ten states have zero-tolerance toward driving under the influence of marijuana. In Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Rhode Island, Utah and Wisconsin, motorists pulled over with any amount of THC in their systems can be ticketed. Also, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington set limits for the amount of THC allowed in the blood while behind the wheel. Here is a list of drugged-driving laws and penalties.
It can affect concentration, decision-making, alertness, reaction times, balance and coordination. All these are essential for being safe behind the wheel. According to some experts these signs are clear up to four hours after use. The problems start from then onward.
According to National Institute on Drug Abuse the THC (marijuana’s psychoactive chemical) can be detected in the system even one month after the use. This makes it a real problem to figure out how regular use affects motorists and the main question is how long after the use. According to studies, users had enough of it in their system after a month to affect concentration and multitasking. It suggests that these users may not be fit even after thirty days.
The main problem is that it lingers in the body for weeks and it makes it much different than alcohol to legislate. Alcohol starts losing its effect starting from one hour after drinking and the person can be fine to drive after 4-5 hours. Some argue that having toxins in the body does not make the person unfit for operating a motor vehicle.
That brings us to a sticky point. How the police is going to detect the use and how much THC is too much? This does not look to be a subject that can be resolved quickly and with common concession. Probably, each state will have their own judgement on the matter as currently is. Furthermore, the laws will have to follow the changes in the way the use of marijuana is seen among people and by authorities.
Nonetheless, one thing is not open to debate and widely accepted. Regardless of the laws it definitely affects abilities behind the steering wheel seriously at least for four hours after intake. If you are using it for whatever reason you must stay away from the car at least within this time for your own sake. Getting a ticket is one thing getting killed in a car crash is another. Check the website above about the legal position in your state.