Operating Under the Influence of Marijuana Lawyer
So. Michigan allows you to purchase and use marijuana recreationally. One fine day you are stopped by the police, asked to do some roadside tests, taken to jail, your blood taken, and you charged with Operating Under the Influence of Marijuana. What the heck? You thought the recreational marijuana law (Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act or MRTMA) overwhelming passed by the Michigan voters in 2018 would protect you - right? Sadly, this is not the case.
Overall, the number of alcohol-related drunk driving cases are down and the police and prosecutors have now turned their attention to busting drivers operating a motor vehicle under the influence of illegal and legal drugs - including marijuana. The penalties for drugged driving or driving under the influence of drugs such as marijuana carry the exact same penalties as alcohol drunk driving cases.
Drug Recognition Experts - DRE
In its quest to bust drivers who are high on marijuana, Michigan is pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into training police officers to be Drug Recognition Experts or DRE Officers. These officers are anything but experts, but sadly the legal system is beginning to allow them to testify as "experts" in court. These police officers attend about a week of special classes, then a few days of hands on training in Maricopa County, Arizona, and when they are done - presto - they are now "experts." Most do not even have a bachelor's degree from college.
These new DRE "experts" are even on the prowl for those who are driving under the influence or impaired by prescription drugs as well. Welcome to the new reality.