In Missouri, there is no separate DWI/DUI statute for drug impairment, and instead, driving under the influence of drugs is included in the DWI statute, §577.010. Intoxication in Missouri is described as any intoxication that in any manner impairs the ability of a person to operate a motor vehicle is sufficient to sustain a conviction for DWI under §577.010
Intoxication by Marijuana
You can receive a DWI for driving under the influence of Marijuana in Missouri. In fact, there is no “legal limit” for drug consumption. This means law enforcement does not need to prove that you had any certain amount of drugs in your system to charge you with DWI Drugs. If you have drugs or paraphernalia in your car, you may also be charged with possession of a controlled substance.
Can Marijuana really impair my driving?
The cells that carry out brain functions are called neurons. The communication of these neurons is carried out on neurotransmitters, the path of communication. Neurons have receptors that are specific to neurotransmitters. When THC enters the brain, it can mimic or block neurotransmitters and effect normal functions of the brain. Studies have shown that THC found in Marijuana can alter the mind in the following ways:
- Impairs short-term memory
- Impairs attention, judgment, and other cognitive functions
- Impairs coordination and balance
- Increases heart rate
- Psychotic episodes
Although evidence from marijuana use and intoxication is limited, right now it can be considered a mind altering drug and can warrant an arrest and charges for DWI Drugs.
So in conclusion, there is no definitive answer to the question, “How high is too high?” If a law enforcement officer believes you are “intoxicated” by marijuana, he can arrest you and charge you with DWI drugs in Missouri. If you have been charged with DWI Drugs in Missouri, call JCS Law today for a free consultation on your case.
Sources: http://www.drugabuse.gov/, http://www.moga.mo.gov/