Illinois is one of 18 states that legalized the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. However, that does not mean that anyone can use this substance at anytime without consequence. There are still many marijuana-related laws on the books, including laws limiting the quantity of marijuana a person can possess and where he or she can possess it. For example, Illinois law prohibits the use of cannabis in schools or on public transportation. It is also illegal to drive under the influence of cannabis.
If you or a loved one were charged with a cannabis-related offense, do not make the mistake of taking these charges lightly. While the use of marijuana is legal in certain circumstances, it is still possible to face significant criminal penalties for a marijuana offense.
Driving Under the Influence of Cannabis
THC is the component in cannabis plants responsible for the “high” or cognitive effects of the substance. Individuals under the influence of THC usually experience slowed reaction time, reduced coordination, and impaired judgement. Multiple scientific studies show the relationship between cannabis use behind the wheel and impaired driving. Consequently, it is illegal for Illinois drivers to drive while under the influence of marijuana–even if the driver has a valid medical marijuana card.
Police may arrest a driver for driving under the influence if they suspect that the driver is under the influence of cannabis. The smell of cannabis in the vehicle, drug paraphernalia, bloodshot eyes, and slowed speech may all be signs that a driver is intoxicated by cannabis. Field sobriety tests and blood tests for THC content may be used to confirm that the driver was under the influence. DUI penalties are the same for drugged drivers as they are for drunk drivers. Drivers who operate a vehicle while under the influence of cannabis may face license revocation, steep fines, and in some cases, jail time....