The Legal Status of Marijuana in Minnesota
On December 12, 2018, St. Paul councilmembers showed almost unanimous support for a resolution in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana.
In a 6-1 vote, the St. Paul City Council agreed to take a closer look at getting rid of the city’s strict laws on recreational cannabis use. Although this resolution won’t change the city or state laws, it reveals that lawmakers are taking this issue seriously.
Those in favor of the measure said legalized pot would increase St. Paul’s revenues, which could help improve the city’s public services and infrastructure. Lawmakers who opposed this resolution pointed out that the city was already spending a great deal in anti-cigarette campaigns and would most likely do the same with recreational pot.
A Growing Problem: Marijuana-Related DUIs
One issue that didn’t come up in the recent St. Paul discussions has to do with marijuana-related DUIs. In recent years, many American lawmakers and police departments have complained about a surge in marijuana-related DUI arrests.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that approximately 13 percent of American drivers on weekend nights are smoking cannabis. The CDC also points out that motorists who smoke marijuana while driving have a 25 percent higher risk of getting in a crash than non-smokers. CCDLaw.com points out that non-alcoholic drugs such as cocaine and marijuana are involved in roughly 18% of motor vehicle-related deaths.
In Minnesota, marijuana is currently considered a Schedule I “controlled substance” and can only be legally used for certain medical conditions. Anyone caught with marijuana in their system while driving in Minnesota could face DUI, DWI, and/or possession of illegal drug charges.
Charged With DUI: Give Congdon Law, PLLC A Call
As marijuana becomes more mainstream, DUI & DWI laws are constantly in a state of flux. The lawyers at Congdon Law, PLLC are experts in all the latest developments in St. Paul’s DUI & DWI standards and can help anyone charged with these offenses.
Unlike the BAC of 0.08 for drunk driving, there’s no established amount of marijuana a person could drive with. No matter how little marijuana you have in your system, you could face serious charges and steep penalties.
It’s not the end of the road, however, if you’ve been charged with a DUI offense. Please give the lawyers at Congdon Law, PLLC a call to better understand your legal rights. You can reach Congdon Law, PLLC for a free consultation at (800) 684-9740.