In 2018, Oklahoma became one of 33 states to allow for legal medical marijuana use. Since the legalization for cannabis has been recent, and federal law still forbids it, many people are left questioning what their rights are under the law. If you’re trying to obtain cheap car insurance than you’ll want to pay attention as auto accidents and DWI tickets can have a strong negative impact on your monthly rates and ability to even obtain insurance.
The Oklahoma medical marijuana law allows people with certain medical conditions to obtain a controlled amount of the drug from a licensed dispensary or from their own at-home cultivation. If you have a medical marijuana card and you are stopped by the local police you can have a limited amount of the substance on your person. You cannot, however, give the product away to others, sell it yourself or smoke in the presence of minors.
One thing that absolutely has not changed is that Oklahoma, along with all 49 of the other states, has a zero tolerance policy for driving with detectable levels of THC in your system. A police officer that pulls you over on the road can use their discretion on assessing if you are impaired and need to be tested. Driving under the influence of drugs is illegal in all 50 states, 100% of the time.
While drunk driving often leads to speeding and recklessness, marijuana impaired driving seems to mimic distracted or tired driving. You can experience lack of focus and reduced reaction time, leading to more accidents. One of the biggest issues surrounding using marijuana and then driving is that doctors and scientists have yet to give us clear guidelines on how long you should wait to drive after using the drug. This is largely because different strands of the drug have different levels of the active ingredient THC. Most guidelines suggest a minimum of 4 hours.
If you want to reduce your chance of accidents or tickets, it will be best to error on the side of caution, always. Having a clean driving record is a very important factor in obtaining reasonable auto insurance liability rates.