When the topic is about “driving under the influence” or DUI, most people immediately think about drunk driving. This is not surprising considering the many famous personalities who were arrested after drinking and driving and how they spent time, either voluntarily or forcefully, in high-end alcohol rehab facilities all over the country.
It is important to note, however, that DUI cases do not apply solely to alcohol use but other substances as well that impair a person’s driving ability like marijuana. During a recent Kentucky Prosecutors Conference, a traffic resource prosecutor in the Denver area shared that while the effects of marijuana are different from alcohol, it can still lead to impaired driving.
Marijuana DUI in Kentucky
Unlike other states that make a distinction between the level of marijuana metabolites in the suspect’s bloodstream, Kentucky’s DUI Law has zero tolerance for marijuana. This means that it is illegal for anybody to drive with any measurable amount of marijuana in their system when they are in Kentucky because possession and use of marijuana are illegal in this state.
Under the Kentucky Revised Statutes 189A.010 (1)(c)(d), someone who is operating a motor vehicle in the state of Kentucky under the influence of any substance that can lead to impairment of his or her ability to drive shall be culpable of violating the DUI law.
According to KRS 189.103, any person who has been found operating a motor vehicle in Kentucky is assumed to give permission for the following:
If the person will refuse to submit to tests under KRS 189.103, he or she will suffer the following consequences per KRS 189A.105:
According to KRS 189.010(5), anyone who has been found guilty of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana or any other substances that causes impairment in the individual’s ability to drive shall merit the following penalties:
Dale is a writer and researcher in the fields of addiction and mental health. After battling with addiction himself, Dale has decided to write about these topics to help reduce the stigma associated with both. Dale is also an avid sports fan, both watching and playing.
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