How Medical Marijuana Increases Your Risk of an OVI

This article written by Patrick Cooley and published by goes on to explain the ongoing difficulties police and law makers are up against in Ohio with regard to the recently passed medical marijuana bill. The main concern many foresee with the medical marijuana bill is how police intend to test drivers who they suspect are under the influence of marijuana while operating a motor vehicle.

The current standard is that anyone with at least 35 nanograms of marijuana per milliliter in their urine or 50 nanograms per milliliter in their blood is barred from driving. The issue with this standard is that marijuana is metabolized differently than alcohol and doctors say metabolics remain in the user’s system at those levels for days, whereas the effects of marijuana usually wear off after a few hours.

These standards were sufficient when any and all marijuana consumption was prohibited but with the current state of affairs, this standard is out dated and requires immediate attention from Ohio law makers. Unfortunately, to date, law makers have not come up with an alternative to Ohio’s aforementioned standard. Therefore, medical marijuana users must be dependent upon good legal representation should they be charged with an OVI.