Content medically reviewed by Vicky Magobet, PMHNP-BC, on October 15, 2021.
California became a recreational marijuana use state at the end of 2016. Despite this, many marijuana users are still unaware that driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal in all U.S. states. Even in legal states, it is essential to know precisely what laws your state has about weed and driving under the influence. Learn more below about the legal ramifications of marijuana DUIs in California.
There is conflicting evidence on how marijuana impacts driving performance. Some studies show driving under the influence of marijuana can double the risk of an accident. Yet other studies claim people under the influence of marijuana tend to recognize their impairment and adjust accordingly by driving slower and more cautiously.
Still, police may use these behaviors as a reason to believe someone is under the influence of marijuana:
The laws regarding DUI offenses are under California Vehicle Code 23152. A few relate specifically to marijuana:
If a police officer pulls you over and believes you are under the influence of marijuana, he or she may ask you to submit to a blood or urine test.
Should you receive a DUI conviction for marijuana for the first time, it will usually be a misdemeanor. Still, the penalty could include:
A repeated offense or an offense with extenuating circumstances could receive a felony charge, which increases these penalties.
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