You can be convicted of a DUI for driving under the influence of drugs. This includes all controlled dangerous substances, including prescription medication for which the driver has a prescription. It also includes marijuana. If you are determined to be under the influence of drugs, you can be convicted of a DUI. Learn more about Maryland drugged driving laws, below.
Maryland Drugged Driving Law 101
Maryland Transportation § 21-902
(c)(1) A person may not drive or attempt to drive any vehicle while he is so far impaired by any drug, any combination of drugs, or a combination of one or more drugs and alcohol that he cannot drive a vehicle safely.
(2) It is not a defense to any charge of violating this subsection that the person charged is or was entitled under the laws of this State to use the drug, combination of drugs, or combination of one or more drugs and alcohol, unless the person was unaware that the drug or combination would make the person incapable of safely driving a vehicle.
(d)(1) A person may not drive or attempt to drive any vehicle while the person is impaired by any controlled dangerous substance, as that term is defined in § 5-101 of the Criminal Law Article, if the person is not entitled to use the controlled dangerous substance under the laws of this State.
Maryland Drug Driving Law: Establishing Impairment
No blood testing standard has been established in Maryland, which means that there is no fixed amount of drugs in the blood that is used to determine whether a driving is impaired.
Impairment is determined on a case-by-case basis and is at the discretion of the prosecutor.
You can be convicted of a DUI in Maryland for driving under the influence of marijuana. If you have any amount of marijuana in your blood or urine, this is enough to establish that you were under the influence.
Even if you have a prescription for medical marijuana, you can still be convicted if you are found to be driving under the influence.
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