Although California allows marijuana to be sold, possessed and consumed by adults over age 21, our Los Angeles marijuana DUI arrest lawyers urge caution behind the wheel.
A new study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a recent study of some 2,000 drivers in Washington state, California’s northern neighbor which also allows recreational marijuana use, and discovered approximately 14 percent of those with children in their vehicle tested positive for THC, which of course is the component of cannabis that gets users high. NBC News reported was far higher than the number who tested positive for alcohol, which was a about 0.2 percent of those with children in their vehicles.
It’s worth noting, of course, that alcohol and marijuana have two very different effects on the body, which means these figures are somewhat alarmist in nature. If it were possible to test the number of drivers who had consumed alcohol at some point in the last several days or weeks, no doubt the actual number of those would be much higher, and we’d have more of an apples-to-apples comparison. Continue reading