Since Colorado legalized the recreational use of marijuana with the passage of Amendment 64 in 2012, producers of marijuana products have become increasingly creative with the range of products they sell. Many dispensaries carry a wide variety of edible marijuana products, including gummy candy, cookies, chocolate, non-alcoholic drinks, brownies, cupcakes, lozenges, butter, granola bars, commonly referred to as “edibles.”
While using these products may seem more innocuous than smoking marijuana, the reality is that edibles often contain a significant amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana, and can get users just as high as smoking. In fact, many reports indicate that consuming edibles actually results in a longer, more intense high than smoking marijuana, and also that the high does not take effect until much longer after consumption.
Consuming edibles can make driving risky
People who do not know that edibles take longer to take effect may assume that their high has already passed or that they did not consume enough to feel any effects. As a result, they may decide to drive somewhere, only to discover in the middle of their trip that they are significantly impaired by the marijuana they consumed. In addition, as the effects last much longer, individuals who consume edibles may prematurely assume that the effects of the marijuana have worn off, when in fact they are impaired to a degree that could easily result in a driving under the influence (DUI) arrest.
Lack of odor does not mean that law enforcement cannot observe other signs of intoxication
Some marijuana users may be under the impression that because edible products do not leave the characteristic and pungent odor of marijuana behind on a person’s breath or clothing means that law enforcement will not be able to tell that they are high. In fact, officers are trained to look for other signs of marijuana impairment and may request to perform a blood test to determine a driver’s THC level. If it is at 5 nanograms or more per milliliter of blood, the law allows a judge or a jury to draw a permissible inference that you were under the influence when you were driving. Fortunately, this presumption is rebuttable, so it is important for anyone accused of driving while high to discuss his or her case with an experienced DUI lawyer as soon as possible after an arrest occurs. Some of the potential penalties associated with driving under the influence of marijuana in Colorado include:
- Substantial fines
- Drug and alcohol education
- Community service
- Jail time
Contact the Tiftickjian Law Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our DUI defense lawyers
People who are caught driving under the influence of drug or alcohol can be subject to serious legal penalties, including significant fines and jail time. The DUI defense lawyers of the Tiftickjian Law Firm have the legal skill and experience required to effectively defend people accused of drunk or drugged driving or other criminal offenses. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (303) DUI-5280.