No matter what state you live in, you are probably surprised at the changes in state marijuana laws. And while Georgia is certainly nowhere close to having made the changes in laws like Colorado, Washington, and California, this traditionally conservative state—especially regarding cannabis—has loosened up enough to allow limited use of marijuana and possession of small amounts of medical marijuana in the form of cannabis oil. While possession of marijuana is not allowed, nor is growing (or selling by individuals, obviously), cities like Savannah have taken it upon themselves to decriminalize possession – meaning that being found with marijuana on your person is now more like a minor infraction with just a small fine, and no jail time.
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DUI laws continue to be strict and complex, but there is enormous gray area in terms of testing for marijuana in the field; for instance, it may not be as easy for law enforcement to tell if someone is high or to prove it while they are all huddled on the side of the highway. Someone who is high on marijuana may be able to pass every single field sobriety test, but still register high levels of THC in a blood test—the only way to prove a motorist is driving high. Even then though, there are no real concrete laws on what level of THC someone can have in their blood and still drive.
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The bottom line is that marijuana testing is in the early stages, still inaccurate, and uncertain right now, but that will not last for long. Many different high-tech devices are in development as well as testing in the field, and law enforcement officials are being trained to handle such situations, especially in traffic incidents where motorists are suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana.
There are still many studies being performed regarding the dangers that stoned drivers pose on today’s highways, but getting behind the wheel after partaking in smoking marijuana or consuming edibles is irresponsible and could lead to reckless behavior on the roads and perception of time and distance may be skewed, as well as reaction times while performing a simple task like driving forward when a light turns from red to green.
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You probably have many questions if you have been charged with driving under the influence of marijuana or DUI, from wondering whether you will have to go to jail to worrying about getting your license back. Speak with an experienced DUI attorney from the offices of H. Lehman Franklin, P.C. Call now to learn more at 912-764-9616, or contact us online