You flew into Colorado to visit and try out some of the State’s exotic cannabis products. You didn’t account for the effects of the elevation change or the fact that the new strains of cannabis are several times more potent than anything you may have tried back in the day. You just had to open the container of marijuana and take a toke from that new pipe you bought at the recreational marijuana store. You didn’t count on getting lost in the dark in a strange town on the way to your destination. Now you’re dealing with a police officer who is arresting you for driving under the influence of drugs; open container of marijuana; and for failing to signal for that last turn. Now what?
What are the Colorado Cannabis laws
Firstly, if you’re going to smoke marijuana in Colorado and operate a motor vehicle, you need to understand the law. You can’t smoke marijuana in the car. With certain exceptions, you can’t have an open container of marijuana in the car. It is always illegal to operate a motor vehicle in Colorado while under the influence of any drug or intoxicant, including marijuana.
You will probably be requested to submit to a chemical test of your blood. If a chemical test reveals a THC content of 5 nanograms per milliliter of whole blood, or more, there will exist a permissive inference that you were under the influence of one or more drugs. Even if the test does not reveal that level of THC, you may be charged with DWAID (driving while ability impaired by the consumption of drugs).
Secondly, if you are reading this because you are planning on consuming cannabis in Colorado, be sure that you have first acclimated yourself to the altitude and properly hydrated. Don’t drive until you have experimented with the potency and effects of the product you choose. You may be surprised by the effects and the timing of their onset. It is simply not safe or wise to assume that you can safely consume cannabis and drive.
Marijuana/Cannabis Arrests in Colorado
Thirdly, if you have been arrested or cited, there will be many hurdles to clear in defending the case. They will be all the more difficult if you are from out of state. You really don’t want to try defending yourself on these charges. These cases can be protracted. They can be complex. They can generate long lasting consequences. We can help you get through this. Call us for additional information and a consultation.