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How the legalization of marijuana affects DWI laws

On Behalf of | Jun 24, 2024 | DUI

The legalization of marijuana in Missouri has led to changes in DWI laws. An increasing number of drivers have received DWI charges since legalization. Understanding these changes is useful for anyone facing DWI charges related to marijuana use.

Changes in DWI laws

With marijuana legalization, Missouri’s DWI laws now include provisions for driving under the influence of cannabis. Just like alcohol, driving while impaired by marijuana is illegal. Police officers can look for signs of marijuana impairment and use various methods to determine if a driver is under the influence. 

Testing for marijuana impairment

Testing for marijuana impairment differs from alcohol testing in many ways. While officers use breath tests for alcohol, they often use blood or urine tests to detect marijuana. These tests measure the level of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in the body. State law enforcement uses these tests to establish impairment and support DWI charges.

Legal consequences

The consequences of a marijuana-related DWI are similar to those for alcohol. Penalties can include fines, license suspension, and even jail time. Repeat offenders face harsher penalties. Understanding these consequences can help individuals facing charges better prepare their defense and make informed decisions.

Staying informed and safe

If facing charges, staying educated about marijuana and DWI laws can assist in navigating the legal process effectively. Always remember, that driving under the influence of any substance is both illegal and dangerous. Stay safe and make responsible choices to protect yourself as well as others while on the road.