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Arizona Court Says You Don't Have To Be "HIGH" To Get a DUI

Arizona Court Says You Don't Have To Be "HIGH" To Get a DUI

by Phillip Smith
February 14, 2013 | 04:35pm

An Arizona appeals court has ruled that marijuana users don't need to be actually impaired to be successfully prosecuted for driving under the influence. The ruling came Tuesday in the case of a man who tested positive for an inactive marijuana metabolite that remains in the body for weeks after the high from smoking marijuana has worn off.

The ruling in Arizona v. Shilgevorkyan overturned a decision by a superior court judge who said that it didn't make sense to prosecute people for driving under the influence if they're not actually under the influence.

Read more: http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2013/feb/14/az_court_say...

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I assume things will get worse as pot will eventually become completely legal. There's no way (that I know of) for any LEO to honestly assess a person under the influence of pot nor any way of testing. Other than a sobriety check which could ( i.e. will) be biased.

In CA you hire a lawyer to show that pot stays in the system for around a month, thus throwing out the case. Of course that costs $1500.

Disclosure: I don't smoke pot so not the best post but it still bugs me.

Hasn't our own govt done tests that show stoned drivers drive as well or better than "sober" drivers? I won't even do hands free cellphone stuff. That's definitely far more dangerous. But it should be up to the person and their insurance company.

The cops need to stick to violent crimes and leave our roadways alone. We are allowed free passage. I walk whenever possible personally. Anything below 5 miles round trip. It's good for the body and the car, driving less than 5 miles is bad for a car and where most accidents occur.

High driving....

...means driving that's slow and cautious to the point of paranoia. 90 year olds drive more recklessly than potheads. But anyway, that fact won't change the laws, the reality is DUI/DWI is a HUGE moneymaker for local and state governments, plus it gives them an excuse to keep more police on the payroll than are necessary to deal with...you know...actual crimes.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

The modern version of a witch

The modern version of a witch hunt.



you just cant teach these fuhkers

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.


are we going to get pissed enough? I'm just waitin on everyone else, I guess...

Lima-1, standing fast, out.

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

deacon's picture

and no one has to be drunk

to get a drunk driving ticket,and their day in court ruined by the cop who showed up just to lie
face it,there is no justice in our country
for us serfs,paupers and slaves

Leave an indelible mark on all of those that you meet.
OH... have fun day :)

lol that sounds like my kind

lol that sounds like my kind of pessimism :)

deacon's picture

i have first hand knowledge

of that
it happened to me,the cop even lied in court about how fast i was driving,and where i was at the time he stopped me,but cops always tell the truth and are honorable,so i lost my case

Leave an indelible mark on all of those that you meet.
OH... have fun day :)

Another law Created To Raise More Revenue For The State...

At the same time, for example, innocent users of medical marijuana could be cited, fined, jailed, and have their drivers licenses revoked / suspended..

Another attempt to use the law to take away more of our freedoms...