I’m not an attorney but I still think that it is important that we educate ourselves on the importance of understanding the laws that will affect us within the state we reside.
In the state of Washington, a police officer is normally not allowed to search your vehicle. However, there are several exceptions that you must know of: if an officer observes you trying to conceal or throw something out the window they may legally search your car. If the officer has reasonable suspicion you are armed and dangerous, or involved in criminal activity he or she can frisk you (pat you down). Even if the officer doesn’t have reasonable suspicion, once you are pulled over you will be scrutinized. You don’t have to be legally drunk to be pullerd over and charged with a DUI because legally, you are not allowed to drive under the influence of any intoxicant.
Soon Washingtonians will be given the “how to” policies by the state on how cannabis will be produced, distributed and consumed. So, I think that it is important to remember that in the state of Washington a person is guilty while driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any other drug; or while the person is under combined influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor and any drug, prescribed or non-prescribed, which will include cannabis. Stay tuned on our blog regarding the specifics on the field testing for the legal limits on cannabis, which is 5 nanograms.
So, be smart and have a designated driver if you plan on attending a party, or plan on partaking in recreational activities.