Marijuana DUI in Orange County is known to be increasing, and that is causing several actions. Law enforcement is developing new training and tests to catch more marijuana DUIs. The OC Crime Lab, which maintains and calibrates the instruments used in all Orange County DUI cases, is making sure their detection equipment is upgraded and sensitive enough to provide evidence of DUI under the influence of marijuana, and other drug dui (DUID) cases. And prosecutors are using new laws to prosecute those that are accused of having a marijuana DUI in Orange County. However, testing problems persist.
“There are just so many questions we need to address, and so much we don’t know,” said Tara Lovestead, a chemical engineer at NIST. “The biggest issue for law enforcement is Δ9-THC in the blood does not correspond to intoxication.”
Our Orange County DUI lawyers can tell you that DUI cases are taking a different turn in detection and enforcement than they had in the past. Since the State of California expects that there are more Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (DUID) or DUI Drug cases (both illegal and legal drugs) than alcohol cases, the Orange County Crime lab has requested, and has received, new testing equipment to test urine and blood for marijuana and marijuana metabolites.
What is Marijuana?
What is referred to as Marijuana or Cannibis is actually Made up of over 400 compounds • 100+ phytocannabinoids – cannabidiol (CBD) – Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Δ9-THC) • Main psychoactive cannabinoid • Responsible for “high” feeling – Effects pain sensation, mood (euphoria/paranoia), memory, appetite, coordination – Innervate with CB1 and CB2 • Terpenes – aroma • Challenge – Schedule I drug 6 T
What is the limit for Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana in Orange County?
There is no limit.
- Any amount = under the influence. In some states, any amount of marijuana in the driver’s system will conclusively establish that the driver was under the influence.
- Above the threshold = under the influence. In other states a driver who is above a certain blood or urine concentration level will be considered under the influence.
- The defendant’s behavior or actions= under the influence. A minority of states require the prosecutor to prove that the driver was under the influence, by pointing to his behavior or driving, regardless of the amount of marijuana in the driver’s system.
In California, the presence of marijuana presumes that the driver is driving illegally. It is up to the defense to show that the levels or amounts were not enough to impair.
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