A marijuana DUI is a serious stain on your record, but it’s entirely avoidable. A few simple habits and early preparations can help you stay safe and preserve your reputation. They aren’t difficult, but they’re vital for medical marijuana users trying to protect their rights.
Take Your Medication at a Regular Time
Taking your medication on a set schedule helps you avoid a marijuana DUI in two ways. First, it helps you avoid a situation where you may be tempted to toke and drive. When you take your medication on a particular day at a specific time, it’s much easier to schedule around. It’s also best to take medical marijuana in the afternoon or evening after you get home from work and errands. You can relax in the privacy of your home.
A regular schedule may also help you deal with false positives based on traces of your medication in your bloodstream. You may be able to demonstrate how your body processes marijuana over time by replicating the tests at set increments. The longer you keep to your schedule, the more witnesses you may have as well. If someone sees you take a specific number of doses, you can help prove your innocence by combining witness testimony with your remaining doses. At the very least, your schedule demonstrates conscientious medical marijuana use.
Only Take Your Medication at Home
Unless you are spending a week with a friend or family member, it’s best to always keep your medication at home. Consuming marijuana and being high in public are both punishable offenses, just like consuming alcohol in public or public intoxication. Keep in mind that you also need to get home probably before the effects of the marijuana fully wear off. This increases your chances of making a mistake.
Even if you are a passenger, riding in a motor vehicle while high could cast suspicion on your driver. Many people still hold a significant bias against medical marijuana users, and law enforcement officers may not take your word for it that the paraphernalia or smells in the car belongs to you alone. Although a blood test will clear your driver, it’s still an unnecessary embarrassment. Taking your medicine at home is safer not only for you but also your loved ones.
Prepare for Trouble in Advance
Although it’s unfortunate, one of the best ways to prevent a marijuana DUI conviction is to prepare for charges in advance. Even if you’re a very responsible user who never drives while under the influence, bias and outdated testing methods can make you look guilty. Prosecutors still use positives from blood and urine tests designed to find trace elements of marijuana left in the blood long after the high has passed. This system works well for identifying illegal marijuana users. However, it is not an effective way to determine how high the subject is at the time of testing. If you consume medical marijuana, you should choose an attorney now. Don’t wait until you’re under pressure to find the best option.
Attorney Leon Matchin is a proven defender of medical marijuana users’ rights. If you need legal help fighting a DUI marijuana charge today, contact him right now by phone at 732-887-2479, or email him at [email protected]. To learn more about Leon Matchin and his abilities, visit attorneyleonmatchin.com.