Driving While High
Our local news affiliate, KIRO TV, did a video about driving while high on marijuana. Everyone seems to be having a lot of fun. You can see the video here.
As I discussed in the Initiative 502 FAQ the per se levels of charging someone with DUI based on marijuana is 0.05 nanograms percentage in blood. What this video was attempting to do was show how much marijuana is actually required before a driver will be significantly impaired.
As opponents of I-502 argued, it looks like significant impairment doesn’t occur until well above 0.05 nanograms. But 1) there does seem to be some impairment even at that level, and 2) the per se limit means even if there’s no impaired driving you can still be charged with a crime. And this comes up fairly often: people think they’re ok to drive regardless of how much they’ve had to consume, so they drive home and end up in trouble. My advice is if you think you’re on the edge of being on the limits of marijuana (0.05) or alcohol (0.08), don’t risk it. Call a cab. But if you do get in trouble on the way home, or anywhere else, feel free to give me a call. I represent people across the state charged with marijuana DUI, alcohol DUI, and other crimes.