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Medical Marijuana and Driving in Illinois

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Illinois DUI defense lawyerMarijuana was recently legalized for medicinal purposes, which has brought much controversial debate to society. However, even though marijuana can be used for medicinal purposes, the use of the product can still impair a person’s ability to drive. The person using medical marijuana for any given ailment should be aware of the limitations on his or her driving abilities, and should also take precaution on when to drive and consume medical marijuana.

Special Requirements for Authorized Medicinal Marijuana Users

In Illinois, individuals are allowed to use marijuana for medicinal purposes but must be registered with the Illinois Department of Public Health. Authorized individuals must also obtain a written certification from an Illinois licensed medical doctor. Once the individual is successfully registered with the IDPH, then he or she will receive a registry ID card with a notation on his or her driving record. Law enforcement will be able to review such information.

Consequences of Driving after Consumption of Medical Marijuana

Right after an individual has consumed medical marijuana, he or she may not operate a vehicle. The person may also not carry medical marijuana in a vehicle unless kept in an inaccessible area while the person is driving.

When a driver holding a registry card is stopped by the police, he or she must submit to field sobriety testing if an officer believes that the driver has been impaired by the use of marijuana. If the driver refuses to submit to the field sobriety test, or if he or she fails, then his or her driver’s license will be suspended.

If a driver is stopped for driving while impaired from marijuana use, or if he or she has a container of marijuana open, then that individual may lose his or her driving privileges, and his or her medical marijuana card may be revoked.

Contact Your DuPage County DUI Defense Attorney

Research shows that medical marijuana can cure certain illnesses in a short period of time, giving the user the likelihood of fully recovering from his or her ailments. However, the use of medical marijuana does not combine well with driving and could lead to serious legal consequences. If you are facing any of these issues, contact an experienced DuPage County DUI defense attorney. Attorney Michael F. McMahon has over 25 years of legal experience and is ready to help navigate your case as smoothly and painlessly as possible. For your free initial consultation, please call the McMahon Law Offices at (630) 953-4400 to get the representation you deserve.




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