While the dangers of drinking and driving and texting and driving may seem obvious, what about smoking and driving? With the recently signed state legislation implementing Amendment 2, or “The Medical Marijuana Amendment,” Floridians might also be wondering where the law stands on driving under the influence of medical marijuana. In an article entitled “Florida Medical Marijuana Law Signed by Scott,” Joe Reedy explains that this new Amendment permits the selling of edibles, vaping, oils, sprays and tinctures for those with various medical conditions, such as cancer, epilepsy, HIV and AIDS, glaucoma, PTSD, ALS, and MS, just to name a few.
It is important to know that even with the passing of this Amendment, the laws regarding marijuana and driving remain unchanged. The use of medical marijuana behind the wheel is still illegal, and could result in a DUI/DWI. This law is consistent with the NIH findings that show a correlation between blood TCH concentration and impaired driving ability, due to marijuana’s effect on judgment, motor coordination, and reaction time. This is especially relevant given the recent replacement of Florida’s Amendment 2 with the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, which limited users to low-TCH marijuana. Additionally, it is important to note that unauthorized possession of marijuana in Florida is liable to a severe fine or jail time depending on the case and circumstances.
For more information about Florida’s new medical marijuana amendment, you can visit https://ballotpedia.org/Florida_Medical_Marijuana_Legalization,_Amendment_2_(2016). For questions concerning marijuana’s effects on drivers, check out https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/marijuana/does-marijuana-use-affect-driving. Finally, for a complimentary client consultation in a case involving marijuana use while driving, you can call PERENICH the Law Firm toll free at 727-669-2828 and speak 1-on-1 with an attorney you can trust.