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.
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.
In Arizona it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while impaired to even the slightest degree. Individuals taking prescription or non-prescription drugs that may potentially cause impairment of any type, need to be aware and concerned about the DUI consequences. This is especially true for medical marijuana patients because of the legal scrutiny associated with the prescription amongst law enforcement and in state courts. Even though you may lawfully be using medical marijuana for medicinal purposes, police officers may still arrest you if you are operating a vehicle and they believe that it has affected your ability to drive. There are two main DUI statutes that apply to someone that the police suspect are driving under the influence of marijuana: ARS 28-1381(A)(1) and ARS 28-1381(A)(3).
In our final post in this series on DUI penalties in Arizona, we will discuss the minimum penalties for a conviction under A.R.S. Section 28-1381(A)(3)- commonly known as a DUI Drugs Charge.