As anyone who’s ever smoked marijuana knows, getting a job, even weeks after smoking a single joint (or part of a joint), can be daunting. Many, if not most employers now require drug tests. In Arizona, even driving to the job interview can be risky. According to an Arizona appeals court ruling, you might now be guilty of a DUI even if you aren’t currently under the influence. You could be guilty of a DUI if you even have residual marijuana in your system, which can remain for weeks. From StopTheDrugWar.org:
The ruling in Arizona v. Shilgevorkyan overturned a decision by a superior court judge who said that it didn’t make sense to prosecute people for driving under the influence if they’re not actually under the influence.
The appeals court disagreed, citing its decisions on earlier challenges to the DUID. “The legislature intended to create a ‘per se prohibition’ and a ‘flat ban’ on driving with any proscribed drug in one’s system,” the court noted. “We determined that the legislative ban extends to all substances, whether capable of causing impairment or not.”
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