I have a medical marijuana card. Last weekend, I was pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana. I was not under the influence at the time I was driving. I had not even smoked that day. Is this legal?


A medical marijuana card is not bulletproof. Although medical marijuana is legal in the state of Michigan, the state can charge you with driving under the influence even if you are not feeling any effects from marijuana at the time you get behind the wheel. A blood test at the time you are arrested can determine if you have any THC in your system. The “zero tolerance” provision of the motor vehicle code, prohibits any driver of a motor vehicle from having any amount of THC in his system while driving. This means even if you haven’t smoked in a few days, this does not guarantee that you can drive without exposing yourself to possible criminal prosecution. A criminal conviction can change your life. If you or a loved one is facing criminal prosecution, CALL ME TODAY, or e-mail me at [email protected] I am here, and I can help.

Paige Favio is with the law firm of Matecun, Thomas & Olson, PLC in Howell. She answers readers’ questions on legal matters affecting individuals, their families and their businesses. Email questions to [email protected], or if your question is urgent, call (517) 548-7400. The information in this column is not intended as legal advice.

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