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Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Facts About Medical Marijuana Use and Driving in Ohio

Regardless of one's opinion on the legalization of medical marijuana in Ohio, there is no doubt that it is a polarizing issue. In addition, it is indisputable that this change has created confusion regarding its effect on other aspects of the law in Ohio. One major issue that has arisen is the effect of Ohio's medical marijuana laws on its driving laws. In light of this recent change, below is an overview of medical marijuana use and driving in Ohio. 

Can I drive in Ohio after using medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana, although legal, is a mind-altering substance that may affect an individual's ability to drive. If a driver has more than 35 nanograms of marijuana metabolites per milliliter of urine, or 50 nanograms of metabolites per milliliter of blood, he or she is considered too intoxicated to legally drive. 

Can medical marijuana use result in an OVI charge in Ohio?

If a driver is found to be over the limits described above, he or she can be charged with an OVI. A marijuana OVI charge usually results when a driver is stopped for a traffic violation, such as running a stop sign or speeding. In addition, a driver may be tested for marijuana at an OVI checkpoint or following an equipment violation.

How can I fight an OVI charge based on medical marijuana use?

As noted above, medical marijuana, while legal, is treated similarly to other legal intoxicants, such as alcohol, for purposes of OVI charges. However, if you are charged with an OVI for medical marijuana, you can definitely fight the charges with the assistance of an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney on your side. With an experienced criminal defense attorney in your corner, you can rest assured that you'll receive the most effective and aggressive defense possible. 

Ohio Criminal Defense Attorneys

OVI charges in Ohio are serious business. Therefore, if you have been arrested for or charged with an OVI in Ohio, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. At Cox Keller Lusardi, our aggressive Ohio criminal defense attorneys are here to help. We will diligently represent you in all steps of the Ohio criminal justice process, leaving no stone unturned as we fight for your rights.

At Cox Keller Lusardi, we regularly represent residents of the Miami Valley region of Ohio who have been convicted of or charged with various crimes, utilizing our extensive criminal defense experience to ensure that our clients receive the strongest representation possible. In addition, we understand the terrible anxiety engendered by OVI charges and convictions. Therefore, you can count on our experienced criminal defense attorneys to always treat you with respect and compassion. If you've been charged with a crime of any kind in Ohio, please contact us as soon as possible for a consultation.  

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