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Boling Rice LLC
207 Pirkle Ferry Road
Cumming, Georgia 30040
Phone: (770) 887-3162

Marijuana Use And Cumming, GA Drivers

farmers holding rich soil for his marijuana plantsThe National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence [1]  confirms that marijuana use leads to impaired drivers:

“Since marijuana is the second most commonly used drug associated with drinking and drugged driving after alcohol, it is important to understand why it is particularly dangerous.  THC, the high producing element in marijuana, affects areas of the brain that control body movements, balance, coordination, memory, and judgment.  Evidence from both real and simulated driving studies indicate that marijuana negatively affects a driver’s attentiveness, perception of time and speed, and ability to draw on information obtained from past experiences.

Research also shows that impairment increases significantly when marijuana use is combined with alcohol. Studies have found that many drivers test positive for alcohol and THC, making it clear that drinking and drugged driving are often linked behaviors.”

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have laws that specifically target drugged drivers. Almost one-third of states have adopted the per se standard that forbids any presence of a prohibited substance or drug in the driver’s body while in control of the vehicle, without any other evidence of impairment. Others have established specific limits for the presence of intoxicating drugs while still others follow a zero tolerance rule with regards to the presence of intoxicating drugs in a person’s system.

Georgia Laws Regarding Drugged Driving

In the state of Georgia, a person is guilty of a DUI if he or she is: (1) driving while under the influence of any drug to the extent that it is less safe for the person to drive; OR (2) if a person operates a motor vehicle with any amount of marijuana or a controlled substance present in the person’s body. Ga. Code Ann[2] § 40-6-391(a) (West 2010).

Every person convicted of violating this Code section shall, upon a first or second conviction thereof, be guilty of a misdemeanor, upon a third conviction thereof, be guilty of a high and aggravated misdemeanor, and upon a fourth or subsequent conviction thereof, be guilty of a felony.”

Cumming, GA Vehicle Accident Lawyers

As of December 2015, a Georgia resident suffering from cancer and other specified illnesses can possess cannabis oil if they receive a prescription for medical marijuana[3].  Nevertheless, the criminal statutes which make it illegal for a Cumming, GA resident to consume marijuana and to drive remain and there are also safety concerns when an individual attempts to drive while under the influence of marijuana when their attentiveness, balance, and coordination are all affected.  If you are involved in a vehicle accident where the other driver was under the influence of marijuana or other drugs or alcohol, you can best protect your rights and obtain all of the compensation that is due to you, by speaking to a Cumming, GA automobile accident attorney.

References:

[1] https://ncadd.org/about-addiction/addiction-update/driving-while-impaired-alcohol-and-drugs
[2] http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-40/chapter-6/article-15/40-6-391
[3] http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2015/04/16/medical-marijuana-is-now-legal-in-georgia/

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