Driving High: recreational marijuana and Nevada’s DUI laws


Nevada lawmakers are wrestling with the language in our DUI laws when it comes to recreational marijuana. There’s a proposal to do away with urine tests when it comes to marijuana DUI’s. While urine tests can detect marijuana in one’s body going back 3-10 days, they cannot determine whether a person was actually impaired when they were behind the wheel.

Several doctors spoke in support of the changes, but there were also family members of people who were killed by high drivers who were very much against it.

State Senator Michael Roberson thinks when it comes to marijuana, Nevada is sending mixed messages. Roberson says, “if you have any amount of marijuana in your system, you can’t drive and we can’t test to determine if you’re actually impaired. So just to be safe, you shouldn’t drive for how long? It seems like as a policy making body, we are sending really different signals here.”  

Instead of urine tests, blood tests would be used in DUI cases. They are more effective detecting THC, which is the mind altering ingredient in marijuana. The proposal being discussed in Carson City would also make it so a driver could not be prosecuted for having the non-mind altering ingredients of marijuana in their system.     


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