Question: Now that Maryland’s medical marijuana program is underway, how is the state handling driving while intoxicated by marijuana?
Answer: Yeah, you know the law is very far behind in most of the country when it comes to how to handle marijuana. There’s studies that are showing that there’s a certain amount of marijuana in the blood that can mean impairment. Maryland, again, is still very, very far behind when it comes to, you know, any new marijuana laws. So, really what they’re doing is they’re just using their DRE and finding if, which is junk science, finding out if the officer believes with the several hours of training he’s had that the person is under the influence of marijuana or any other narcotic.
So we haven’t seen an uptick, actually, in the charges, because somebody has to be rather under the influence of marijuana to truly be impaired, or at least, what you typically see in impairment which is swerving, or having trouble standing. So, outside of your standard blood tests, the only way to really do it would be to call in a DRE. Which most counties aren’t even doing or employing anymore.