Swain Law Group
Phone: 405-546-1292
Don't Let The Scales Of
Justice Tip Against You

Accurate marijuana intoxication tests are a long way off

After it became possible for police officers to test motorists for alcohol intoxication, many drivers learned to think twice about drinking and driving. Because drunken driving can be dangerous, this improved public safety for every Oklahoma resident.

Marijuana impairment, on the other hand, still resides in a somewhat shadowy area between sobriety and intoxication. Many weed enthusiasts do not believe it is dangerous to ingest marijuana and get behind the wheel of a car. Regardless of your own beliefs, you should know that science and law enforcement are aggressively pursuing an accurate marijuana intoxication test. If and when this testing goal becomes viable, you can expect an increase in arrests on marijuana charges.

Currently, the only approved method of measuring the presence of marijuana in a person's system occurs by way of a blood test. However, these tests are not reliable and often return different results in those who have consumed marijuana. For example, a person who has just consumed a large amount of marijuana may pass a blood test while another person who consumed the substance a month ago might fail the test.

In response to the absence of reliable testing, some companies are researching breath tests to indicate marijuana intoxication. While these tests are a long way off, weed users may still be arrested on marijuana charges if they smoke and drive. Many police departments across the country require officers to undergo training to help them identify marijuana intoxication.

As you might expect, it is possible to overcome marijuana charges based on a police officer's estimation of a driver's weed usage. However, the chances of beating these charges may diminish if the defendant fails to acquire legal representation so that his or her rights remain protected.

Source: National Public Radio, "Marijuana DUIs Are Still Too Subjective Say Cops. Why No BreathTest?," Rae Ellen Bichell, accessed June 07, 2018

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

What Our Clients Say

“Matt Swain helped me out of a situation that would have otherwise cost me money I didn't have, and precious time I couldn't spare. And he did it selflessly. If I ever need to turn to an attorney in the future, he would be my first call. I highly recommend him to anyone in the Norman/OKC area! His entire staff was kind and helpful from day one. Thank you all so much!�—Laura M.

Email Us For A Response

How can we help you?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Norman Office
115 South Peters Avenue, Suite 6
Norman, OK 73069

Phone: 405-546-1292
Fax: 405-708-4705
Norman Law Office Map

El Reno Office
421 S Rock Island Ave
El Reno, OK 73036

Map & Directions

Marietta Office
304 W Main St
Marietta, OK 73448

Map & Directions