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What to Do If You’re Driving High and a Cop Stops You

Hopefully you avoid using cannabis and driving, but if you ever do and police stop you, “Mother Knows Best” has advice for you.

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Dear Mother,

What happens if I got pulled over by a cop…and I am a little high. Will I be arrested?

— Dazed Driver

 

Dear DD,

This is an important question, and one that everyone who uses cannabis (and drives) should know the answer to. The laws are different depending on the state you’re in, so, to start, you should review your specific state’s particulars—not now, but right now. While details differ depending upon where you are, we can look at the general things you should know in both legal states and ones where cannabis is not yet legal.

The first thing to note is that it doesn’t matter if cannabis is legal in your state or not: DO NOT USE WEED AND DRIVE!! Aside from refraining from use when you’re going to be behind the wheel of a car, I would also avoid having cannabis accessories in your car, and limit the amount of cannabis you drive with.

The following suggestions work for folks who live in any state, regardless of marijuana’s legal status:

In states with legal cannabis, there are still things to keep in mind. If you are driving, you cannot have any cannabis on you. It should be in a sealed container inaccessible to you and your passengers (in the trunk or the glove compartment, for instance). And, make sure to know what the maximum amount is for legal possession in your state, as well as what amount changes the penalty from a misdemeanor to a felony.

If you smoked before you drove and have no cannabis on you, it’s likely that you’ll be totally fine. Just don’t freak out. Seriously, the main thing to do is remain calm. Odds are you won’t even draw the suspicion of the officer, so tell that paranoia to chillax.

It should be noted that based on trends in our policing and judicial systems, all of this information can differ significantly if you are a person of color. As anyone not being willfully ignorant knows, simply “driving while black” has proven to be very real and potentially deadly.

—Mother