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Driving While High?

Wednesday / May 4, 2016

According to this recent NPR article, scientists and lawmakers alike are trying to figure out the best way test how much marijuana is in a person’s system.

See the problem is, unlike alcohol, which dissolves in water and spreads through our saliva and breath, the compounds in marijuana dissolve in fat and can affect areas of the brain far longer after it can be measured in blood tests. Scientists are still trying to figure out ways to draw up a biological measurement for marijuana intoxication for legislators who are fighting for a quicker way to identify and penalize people who are too high to drive.


Marijuana Crimes in Arizona

Right now, crimes involving Marijuana in Arizona typically fall into one of the following categories:


  • Possession for use – If you are found to have even a small amount of marijuana on your person or at your property and it appears that you intended to use it for recreation, you can be arrested and face harsh penalties including time in prison and steep fines.
  • For sale – A person caught with a certain amount of marijuana with an indication of intent to sell will be arrested and charged with a class 2 felony, which could lead to up to 10 years in prison.
  • Growing or manufacturing – Even though the crime of growing marijuana is not always considered as serious as selling it, you will still face harsh penalties if convicted, including up to nine years in prison.
  • Trafficking – This is a very common crime in Arizona and is classified as a class 3 felony. You can be arrested and charged with marijuana trafficking even if the amount is very small.
  • Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana – It is against the law to drive a vehicle while there is any drug or its metabolite in your body or while you are under the influence of any substance that impairs your mental and physical faculties.


Those caught breaking these marijuana-related laws face serious consequences if convicted, which is why it’s important to have an experienced Tempe Marijuana Attorney on your side.


Tempe Marijuana Lawyer, Kyle T. Green

If you or a loved one is facing marijuana crime charges, give me a call today and let’s get your questions answered and begin working on your defense. Depending on the circumstances and evidence found at the time of your arrest for a marijuana crime, you may face additional charges for illegal marijuana paraphernalia or even aggravation.

For a free case review, please call my office at 480-331-7568.

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