A study done by the Public Policy Institute of California, a non-partisan and non-profit think tank, shows that 53% of California residents believe it should be legal. The study states:
“Slim majorities supported legalization in October 2014 (51%) and September 2013 (52%). Among likely voters, 55 percent favor legalization. About three-quarters of adults (74%) who have tried marijuana say it should be legal, while only a third (35%) who have never tried it favor legalization. Residents aged 18 to 34 (61%) are more likely than older adults to say marijuana use should be legal (47% age 35 to 54, 52% age 55 and older). Most adults
without children under 18 (59%) favor legalization. Most parents with children (54%) are opposed. If marijuana were legal, 53 percent of adults say it would not bother them if a store or business selling it opened up in their neighborhood, while 44 percent say it would. Most parents (54%) would be bothered.”
Obviously, the trend in favor of ending prohibition on Marijuana continues to grow and grow. One aspect of the push for legalization, one that might not be considered by habitual marijuana smokers, is the increase in enforcement of marijuana driving under the influence charges. In California, an individual can receive a DUI for driving under the influence of marijuana. The consequences for conviction of an alcohol related and marijuana related DUI are the same. The problem with marijuana, is that it stays in your system long after the impairment affects have subsided, leaving sober citizens susceptible to an arrest and conviction for a DUI. The technology is simply not there to determine impairment of marijuana, and many question how much being impaired by marijuana actually effects the ability to drive safely in the first place. Studies have shown that a habitual marijuana smoker will always be potentially susceptible to a DUI no matter whether they are impaired or not. For those that smoke marijuana on a regular basis, legalizing marijuana might be a situation where you have to be careful what you wish for.
This article was contributed by DUI Lawyer Michael Rehm