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Navigating the Complexity of Marijuana DUIs in Florida

Marijuana DUIs in Florida

Florida’s law enforcement is intensifying efforts to address a critical issue: Marijuana DUIs. Unlike alcohol-related DUIs, marijuana DUIs present unique challenges, making them a significant focus for traffic safety.

Florida Statutes section 316.193(1)(a) addresses driving under the influence (DUI). According to this statute, a person is guilty of DUI if they are driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle within Florida and are under the influence of alcoholic beverages, chemical substances, or controlled substances to the extent that their normal faculties are impaired. This includes marijuana. The statute outlines the legal framework for determining DUI offenses in Florida, forming the basis for the state’s efforts in cracking down on marijuana DUIs. For more information on section 316.193(1)(a), View Statute.


The Complexity of Marijuana DUIs

Marijuana DUIs differ significantly from alcohol DUIs. This complexity largely stems from how the body processes THC, the main psychoactive substance in marijuana. Regular users might have THC in their system even when not currently under the influence, leading to positive test results. This differs from alcohol DUIs, where Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) levels typically provide a clear indication of intoxication.


Drugged Driving vs. Drunk Driving in Florida

Drugged driving, particularly involving marijuana, and drunk driving are fundamentally different. While BAC is a reliable measure for alcohol impairment, no such straightforward metric exists for marijuana intoxication. This presents a challenge for law enforcement in accurately identifying and prosecuting marijuana DUIs.

Florida’s crackdown on marijuana DUIs highlights the need for awareness and understanding of these differences. As the state navigates these challenges, it’s crucial for drivers to remain informed and cautious. Marijuana DUIs, while complex, are taken seriously, and the legal consequences can be significant.

Are you facing a marijuana DUI charge in Florida? Call The Law Office of David A. Webster, P.A., today at 407-862-9222 or contact us online to meet with one of our Seminole County lawyers!


Note to Readers: This blog is designed to shed light on the complexities of marijuana DUIs in Florida. It is essential for drivers to stay informed about these differences to navigate the legal landscape effectively and safely. This content is designed for informative purposes and should be adapted to reflect your firm’s expertise and insights in the field of DUI law in Florida.

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