Marijuana DUI Charges in California

What You Need to Know About Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana


While California legalized the recreational use of marijuana in 2016 it is still unlawful to drive under the influence of the substance. If you are arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana you need to speak to an attorney. You could face significant penalties under state law. 

What Are Marijuana DUI Charges?

Under California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (f), it is unlawful for a person to drive under the influence of any drug. A drug does not have to be an illegal substance it is any controlled substance including cannabis.  

Unlike alcohol, there is no “per se” law for a marijuana DUI. Impairment in alcohol DUI cases is presumed if you have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher. In marijuana DUI cases there is no amount where impairment is presumed because there is no legal limit for pot. 

Getting Help for Marijuana Use

If you use marijuana and are unable to stop, it may be time to seek professional treatment. There are options for treatment that can be tailored to your specific needs. While it may be legal to possess pot, you can still face criminal penalties for driving under the influence of the drug. It is important to understand the law and to address any underlying reliance on the substance.