DUI and Marijuana Laws

DUI and Marijuana Laws

What do you need to know about smoking and driving?

Zero tolerance for some drivers:

  • If you are under 21 years or under
  • Have a G1, G2, M1 or M2 licence
  • The vehicle you are driving requires an A-f driver’s licence or Commericial Vehicle Operator’s Registration
  • You are driving a road-building machine

Possession

  • You can have up to 30g of dried cannabis in public at any time

 Penalties

First offence

  • 3-day licence suspension
  • $250 penalty (begins January 2019)

Second offence within 5 years

  • 7-day licence suspension (3-day suspension for commercial drivers)
  • $350 penalty (begins January 2019)
  • You must attend a mandatory education program (for a second occurrence within 10 years)

Penalties for a BAC Over the Legal Limit, Refuse Testing or Impairment

If you refuse to take a drug or alcohol test, you register a BAC over 0.08 OR if a drug recognition evaluator determines that you are impaired, you will face:

  • 90-day licence suspension
  • 7-day vehicle impoundment
  • $550 penalty (begins January 2019)
  • $198 licence reinstatement fee
  • You must attend a mandatory education or treatment program (for second and subsequent occurrences within 10 years)
  • You will be required to use an ignition interlock device for at least 6 months (for third and subsequent occurrences within 10 years)

How will you be tested for impaired driving

  • Your standard sobriety sobriety test;
  • Drug recognition evaluation (interviewing you, checking your pulse, etc)
  • Oral fluid screening devices (a swab is taken from inside your mouth)

If you are charged with impaired driving or another marijuana-related offence, call us today at the Law Office of Athena Narsingh at 647-936-2529.

 

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