Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

If you are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, the police officer will likely ask you to complete three tasks:

  1. Follow a pen with your eyes while the officer moves it back and forth.
  2. Get out of the car and walk nine steps, heel to toe, turn on one foot and go back.
  3. Stand in one leg for 30 seconds.


Standard field sobriety test have been used to catch drivers under the influence of alcohol.But it is nowhere near as good as spotting a stoned driver. People under the influence of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, have failed the test. The ability to identify a stoned driver seems to depend heavily on whether the driver is accustomed to being stoned.

As more states legalize medical and recreational marijuana, distinctions like these will grow more and more important. The police will be using  different resources to find ways to test for impairment when driving under the influence of marijuana. Marijuana can affect the way you drive and has lead to accidents, even more serious cases when mixed with alcohol. If you have been involved in a car accident while being under the influence of marijuana, contact us for a free consultation.