Smoking Weed and Driving (7 days later) May Get You Charged with OVI/DUI!

Ohio's General Assembly is at it again! With the Passage of Senate Bill 8, signed by Governor Taft on May 11, 2006, it will soon be illegal to drive if you have the metabolites (the residual effects of THC) of marijuana in your blood or urine.

It is a well accepted scientific fact that after smoking marijuana, the active ingredient, THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) can be found in measurable amounts for up to 2 -4 weeks. Despite the facts posted by the Amercian Council for Drug Education, which states that the "short-term effects wear off within two to three hours" Basic Facts About Drugs: Marijuana, American Council for Drug Education, our Ohio law makers passed this law with blatant disregard to scientific facts and common sense - of course, why should these politicians do anything based on fact or common sense when that often doesn't garner votes?

The fact of the matter is, our current OVI/DUI law provides for prosecution of those individuals whose ability to operate a vehicle is impaired from drug use, whether it's marijuana, cough syrup, heroine, cocaine, or any other drug. Prosecutors have been successfully prosecuting those who are truly impaired from drugs with out the of laboratory "Per Se" levels which are as follows: (ALL RESULTS ARE EXPRESSED AS NG/ML)


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