Marijuana Use in Car Will Now Fall Under Open Container Laws

As many probably know, being under the influence of drugs while driving can be prosecuted the same as being under the influence of alcohol. Having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle is also a violation which can be prosecuted as well. With the impending legalization of recreational marijuana, driving while “stoned” has been a concern. Brietbart reports that California will treat smoking marijuana in a car like having an open container of alcohol.

As of January 1, 2018, recreational marijuana will become legal in the state of California. Last Monday, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB-65 Vehicles: Alcohol and Marijuana: Penalties into law. The bill essentially bans marijuana consumption while in a car much the same way that open container laws work.

The fine for marijuana use while in a vehicle will start at just $70, but California is known for fees and penalties growing larger over time.

While California is still working out how to regulate the recreational marijuana industry, they are still saying that being under the influence of marijuana while driving is illegal. Persons caught driving under the influence of marijuana will be prosecuted as through they were under the influence of alcohol.

California marijuana DUI penalties are the same as alcohol DUI penalties. These penalties can include informal probation ranging from 3 months to 5 years Spending up to 6 months in county jail. A fine that begins at $390 and can go up to $1000 and the mandatory suspension of driver’s license for six to ten months.

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