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The Dope on Marijuana Consumption and Impaired Driving 

Article by Samuel D. Hodge, Jr. and Lauren Williams (November 30, 2021)

Marijuana is the most frequently used psychotropic drug in the United States, following alcohol consumption. Its use is becoming socially acceptable as more and more states legalize recreational consumption. Nevertheless, marijuana is still a drug, and individuals must understand that it has adverse health effects and potential therapeutic benefits. Marijuana can influence a user’s judgment and impair a person’s driving abilities. A significant problem with its consumption and driving is that there is no statistical link to show what level of marijuana in the blood causes impairment. Roadside tests for the appropriate blood alcohol content to show intoxication are well known. No such uniform standard exists for marijuana, however, since the test can show evidence of drug use from days before, even if the individual is not impaired at the time of the incident. Jurisdictions that permit the use of marijuana have had difficulty creating scientifically logical and criminally relevant laws about drivers who use cannabis lawfully. This dilemma has resulted in three approaches being used to determine drugged driving. They range from the need to show impairment to a per se standard where the person is found guilty of drugged driving if any trace amount of THC is discovered in the blood. This Article will provide a comprehensive guide to marijuana and its consumption. The drug’s components will be explained along with a medical explanation of how marijuana affects the body to produce a “high.” It will then focus on the relationship between marijuana and impaired driving and explain the different approaches used by the states to establish drugged driving.

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We are excited to announce that the following Associates have been selected to have their law review notes published in Volume 70 of Cleveland State Law Review during the 2021-22 school year:

 

Melissa Obodzinski
Talia Stewart
Bennett Kuhar
Nathan Hill
Anna Huttner 
Lucille Richman
Nathan Alstadt
Evan Tuttle

 

Also, the following students will be published on our online journal, Et Cetera:

 

Jakob Siegfried
Nicholas Hudnell
Michael DiDomenico
Taryn Schoenfeld

 

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