The law enforcement agencies are still arresting people for using or possessing marijuana despite its legal stature in many jurisdictions around the country, and some of these arrests are brought about by personal admission of use or possession to the police.
People are under the impression that it is okay to admit that they are using marijuana since it is legal in many states in the U.S. Others assume that since marijuana is legalized, the rules associated with the plant are not applicable, so they end up throwing caution to the wind as you find them leaving their homes with marijuana. Most often, this leads to trouble, especially if the police are involved.
Although marijuana is not totally prohibited in the U.S., the police forces are still finding excuses to arrest people on marijuana-related cases, and most often, the arrests are due to personal admission.
Earlier this week, Detroit News reported that hours after the launch of recreational marijuana sales, a motorist crashed with a Michigan police vehicle. Although the cause of the accident was the poor nature of the road, after been questioned severally about the accident, the motorist said that he had smoked pot during the day. Speaking to the news outlet, the State Police Lieutenant, Sarah Krebs, noted that the motorist admitted to smoking weed before that accident, and this shows that the driver was driving under the influence. The evidence was sufficient to have him sent to jail, according to the police.
The accident happened along interstate 75. The driver was too fast despite the poor road infrastructure, which caused him to spin and crash into a police vehicle. If an accident takes place even if there are no people who are injured, the police must investigate to determine if the drivers were impaired. If a motorist is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, the police make use of a breathalyzer to either verify or eliminate the suspicion.
However, law enforcement officers in states where marijuana is legal are determined to pin accidents on stoned driving. Recreational marijuana sales becomes legal in Illinois in January, and the police force in the state is on a rampage to arrest stoned drivers before legal sales begin. The only downside is that the absence of roadside test tools, such as breathalyzers, used for detecting impaired drivers makes it harder to prove impairment.
The suspects are instead subjected to a blood test for confirmation, and for this to happen, you would have to be reeking of weed, with bloodshot eyes and irrational behavior before the cops pull you aside.
A driver should never admit to smoking marijuana because if you do, you will be subjected to a blood test, and if it is positive, you will be charged with impaired driving. You will then be placed in the county jail until you are bailed out. Admission of guilt will make arguing your case before a judge challenging, and you will probably be convicted of a DUI. You will also lose your driver’s license.
According to a defense attorney in California, Robert Shatzco, people should never admit to smoking weed since it is difficult for the police to determine if you are impaired. He also said that they are helping clients get their cases dismissed or get them a reduced charge.
Experts think that such potential legal traps may explain why many marijuana companies, such as MCTC Holdings Inc. (OTC: MCTC) and Willow Biosciences Inc. (CSE: WLLW) (OTCQB: CANSF), invest heavily in educating people about using cannabis responsibly.
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