Edible marijuana has seen a sharp spike in popularity in the past few years, especially in Colorado, where legalization is a reality. Edibles create en entirely separate issue concerning driving. When a person ingests an edible product, such as a chocolate bar or drink, the impairing effect does not start until approximately 40-60 minutes after consumption.
The popularity of edible products is on the rise, especially for people who do not like to smoke product or wish to remain more discreet. However, a person can drink a THC –infused drink, which will not have any impairing effect on them for almost an hour, and be legally safe to drive right after consumption. But if they were stopped and had to wait an hour for a blood test, their THC levels will be high, and regardless of whether they were impaired at the time of driving. A DUI arrest may be imminent.
In addition, the regulation of the edible marijuana industry in Colorado is going through growing pains. While it is difficult to gauge impairment from any cannabis product due to the different potency strands, gauging impairment from an edible product poses more difficulties for users.
Denver DUI attorney Jay Tiftickjian says the best practice is to not ingest any edible product until in the safety of your own home, where you plan to be for the rest of the day. Being arrested and charge with DUI-D, and months later being exonerated in court, is still an expensive and undesirable proposition if it can be avoided entirely.