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Legislation to establish medical marijuana program in LA, P.2

In our last post we began speaking about a bill currently sitting on Governor Jindal’s desk that would officially establish medical marijuana as a regulated industry here in Louisiana. As we mentioned, one of the issues that will have to be dealt with once the program is officially established—assuming Jindal indeed signs the bill—is drugged driving.

Legalization of marijuana, whether for medical or recreational purposes, does not negate the need to ensure our highways are safe, and those who use the drug for legal purposes will still be held accountable for failing to drive sober. The trouble is, what is the best way to enforce the law?

Determining the level of marijuana intoxication in a driver can be a challenge, though some states have established THC limits. THC, of course, is the active ingredient in marijuana. The trouble with these limits is that it is difficult to get an accurate measurement. At present, there are no devices in use by law enforcement agencies that can measure THC levels, and even if a device was out there that could accurately make such a measurement, it wouldn’t necessarily accurately indicate the degree of intoxication of the driver, since THC remains in a person’s system for long periods of time after it enters the body.

Needless to say, if medical marijuana becomes officially established here in Louisiana, it will be important for those using it to work closely with an experienced attorney if they are targeted for drugged driving. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help evaluate the case, identify key issues and ensure one’s rights are protected.

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