DUI’s and Marijuana: What to Know in Minnesota
Medical marijuana is legal in Minnesota, and you can get your medical card and gain access to your local dispensary today! Thousands of Minnesota residents are already using medical cannabis to treat medical conditions.
Marijuana is a natural alternative medicine that has been around for thousands of years. Social attitudes about it are changing as more states move to legalize it for both medical and recreational use.
Although cannabis is legal for medical use in Minnesota, driving under the influence is not. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis and is responsible for the feeling of being “high”.
Marijuana is a mind-altering substance, so you should not drive after you use it. You can get a DWI in Minnesota if:
You are under the influence of a controlled substance, such as marijuana or any other drug.
You have any amount of a schedule I or II controlled substance inside your body, except for marijuana. These substances include illegal drugs such as heroin, LSD, ecstasy, methadone, codeine, methamphetamine, or cocaine.
You are driving while knowingly under the influence of a hazardous substance that impacts your body and can impair your driving ability. These hazardous substances can include many household products that produce a high when inhaled, such as compressed gas, paint thinners, and aerosol sprays.
First offense DWIs are considered misdemeanors in Minnesota, which comes with up to 90 days of jail time and a fine up to $1,000. Your license may be suspended for up to 180 days.
Second offenses come with a minimum prison sentence of 30 days and up to a year of license suspension. Third offenses see a 90 day prison minimum and a license suspension of up to 2 years.
The punishments become more severe depending on how many DWI offenses are committed. If you are found with marijuana in your possession, you could also face possession charges and punishments.
However, if you have your medical marijuana card and you have a legal amount of cannabis on you, you will not have to worry about possession charges.
The Bottom Line
If you are a medical marijuana patient, you can still get a DWI. You should make sure that the effects of cannabis have completely worn off before you operate a vehicle.
The good news is that having a medical card means you are backed by a licensed doctor who recommended cannabis to you. This carries weight in a courtroom and will never hurt you legally.
Get Your Medical Marijuana Card Today
Do you have a qualifying condition for a medical marijuana card in the State of Minnesota? If so, what are you waiting for? It is now easier than ever to get your medical card through telemedicine, right from the comfort of your couch!
Have a chronic condition? You probably qualify! Do you feel like you may benefit from medical cannabis in general? You probably qualify!
Minnesota’s medical marijuana program is fully up and running, and we will begin seeing patients very soon! You should reserve your appointment as soon as possible to make sure you will not have to wait any longer for the relief you deserve.
Cannabis is a safe, natural medicine that has been used for thousands of years. Starting July 1st, medical marijuana will officially be legal in the State of Minnesota, so you should do what you can to prepare so you can have legal access to your medicine!
Reserve an evaluation online today with one of our compassionate doctors, and we’ll book an appointment for you just as soon as we’re cleared to. We will begin seeing patients very soon, so make sure to reserve an evaluation as soon as possible!
You’ll meet with your doctor virtually, using your smartphone or computer for a telemedicine appointment. Together you’ll discuss your conditions, what medical marijuana might be able to do for you, and if you’re qualified to receive a Minnesota Marijuana Card, all without even leaving your home. You’ll even save $25 off the cost of the evaluation!
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Helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.
If you have any questions, call us at (833) 781-6671, or simply reserve a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!
And don’t forget to check out Minnesota Marijuana Card’s Blog to keep up to date on the latest medical marijuana news, tips, and information.