Solo and Small Firm

The Practitioner Spring 2018, Volume 24, Issue 2

Cannabis Country

By Louis J. Shapiro Esq.

Lou Shapiro, a former LA County Public Defender, is a criminal defense attorney out of Century City and a certified criminal law specialist by the State Bar of California. He is also a TV/Radio Legal Analyst, NBC Trial & Error Legal Consultant and advises on the board member of the California Innocence Project.

Even though it’s only been a few months since cannabis became lawful to use recreationally, we are already seeing its immediate impact to the DUI sector.

Cannabis DUIs are becoming an increasing conundrum for everyone involved. Starting with law enforcement, police are making cannabis DUI arrests when they smell its odor and the driver admits to any recent usage. Because no current scientifically validated roadside testing exists for cannabis impairment—as for alcohol impairment—police are resorting to simply arresting the driver, and passing the issue onto the prosecutors.

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