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Is marijuana safer than alcohol?

The question of what kind of effect legalized marijuana is going to have on our country is a hot issue in debate right now. As of this moment in 2017, marijuana is legal as a recreational drug in Washington D.C., as well as the following states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. Arizona was one of the five states that voted on legalization in the fall, and the only one in which it didn't pass.

Lack of clarity in many marijuana DUI laws

A heavy price tag could come along with the freedom of using recreational marijuana. In November the residents of Arizona will be asked to vote on whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana use. This has been a hot topic for many Americans across our country for decades and especially recently since many states have legalized the use of recreational marijuana. This legalization could pose problems for people who drive. 

Arizona Supreme Court rules on medical marijuana DUI Case

Arizona has extremely strong drugged driving laws. There are two ways in which motorists within the state may be charged with DUI under the current laws. The first charge may be handed down if the driver is found to be impaired to the slightest degree by a substance. The second charge may result if the motorist has the presence of any specifically listed drug is present in the person's system while he or she is operating a motor vehicle.

Prescription Drug DUI Blog

When you are sick, you go to the doctor and if needed, they will provide you with a prescription. Now depending on the drug prescription, they will also advise you to not drive or drink while on this medication. Listen to these professionals, because this advice may save you from a DUI.

Breaking down the new Ruling on Marijuana and DUI's

On April 22, 2014, the Arizona Supreme Court shut down the government's ability to prosecute Arizona motorists for driving under the influence of marijuana unless the person is impaired at the time of the stop. The ruling focuses on two chemical compounds found in marijuana; Carboxy-THC, which does not cause impairment, or Hydroxy- THC, which does cause impairment. The issue presented was whether the legislature intended to include "its metabolite" in the plural form which would include Carboxy-THC, even though it has proven to be non-impairing.

Judge rules marijuana extract could be a legal form of use

In a recent court case, Maricopa Judge Katherine Cooper ruled that the use of marijuana extract, a variation of the plant used to make marijuana products such as candies and lollipops, is legal. Judge Cooper's decision overruled a view held by some that the 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act only allows the consumption of actual pieces of the marijuana plant.

Kerry Kennedy Acquitted on Drug DUI Charges

On Friday, Feburary 28th, 2014, Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and former wife to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was acquitted on DUI Drug charges. The 54-year old was charged with driving while impaired after she swerved and hit a tractor-trailer in her Lexus SUV in morning rush-hour traffic.

2/16 MMJ Medical Marijuana Farmers Market

This past weekend the Rosenstein Law Group attended the bi-monthly Medical Farmers Market, hosted by CAMP 420. CAMP 420 is the Campaign Against Marijuana Prohibition, a local activist group in Arizona. These activists are proud supporters of the medical marijuana law, Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA). CAMP 420 works to educate communities about cannabis, and change Arizona's severe marijuana laws.

Can I get a DUI from my Prescription Medication?

The answer is a resounding yes. When someone is charged with a DUI, they are almost always charged with two separate DUI offenses. The State uses this strategy because it increases their conviction rates; i.e., if they don't get a guilty verdict on one charge, they can still try and get you on the other. In a DUI case where the cops think you are under the influence of alcohol, most of the time a person will be charged with being impaired to operate a motor vehicle at least to the slightest degree, and also with having a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) above a certain amount, either .08, .15, or .20. In a case where it is alleged that a person is impaired by drugs, a similar thing happens. The suspect will be charged with driving while impaired to the slightest degree, as well as driving with the presence of a drug or its metabolite (waste product) in the blood.

A New Era For DUI Drugs (Marijuana)- punishing sober driving

In the case of State v. Harris, the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division 1, made a ruling about driving under the influence of marijuana that will have far reaching effects in Arizona. State v. Harris, No. 1 CA-SA 12-0211, 2013 WL 504558 (Ariz. Ct. App. Div. 1 Feb. 12, 2013). On its face, the decision has the appearance of re-affirming Arizona's zero tolerance policy on driving under the influence of drugs; however, the practical reality of this ruling is significantly more important to both interstate tourism and Arizona citizens' right to travel. The impact will be felt for years to come.

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