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How Will Pot Vote Affect DUI Charges?

Come November, there will be a ballot vote that – if passed – would allow for recreational use of marijuana in Arizona. There’s concern, however, on how that law would affect drivers with pot in their systems.

What’s the Legal Limit?

Under current Arizona law, drivers with more than .08 percent alcohol in their system can be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). However, there’s no similar rule when it comes to pot. In Colorado, a state which has legalized recreational use of pot, the law states that drivers with five nanograms of active THC in their blood can be charged with DUI of drugs.

Pot Legislation at Risk

Merely weeks after the initiative to allow for recreational use of pot was introduced, it is being challenged by a group called Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy. The group is maintaining that signature-gathering process was riddled was error and did not conform to Arizona constitutional requirements.

Who Could Use Pot?

According to the wording of the ballot initiative, adults 21 and older would be permitted to carry up to one ounce of pot for private consumption. They could also cultivate up to six (6) marijuana plants. Just like alcohol, a 15 percent tax would be slapped onto any pot purchase, with most of the revenue earmarked for schools and other educational programs.

DUI a Serious Charge; Call The Oswalt Law Group

We’ll be on the lookout for any changes to the proposed law, especially how it would affect DUI charges. In the meantime, if you’ve been charged with DUI, you need skilled legal representation immediately. The charge could eventually cost you thousands of dollars, loss of your driver’s license and jail time. Here at The Oswalt Law Group, we’ve built an established record of having DUI charges reduced or thrown out altogether. Call us at 602-225-2222 for a free consultation.

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