Thursday, June 22, 2006

Court: Drivers with marijuana in body can be charged


Lansing, Mich. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has made it easier to prosecute people who drive after smoking marijuana.

The court says drivers with a long-lasting chemical found in the body after marijuana use can be charged with driving while intoxicated.It came in a 4-to-3 decision released yesterday.The ruling says that a chemical that is released when the body breaks down the marijuana's active ingredient T-H-C is a schedule one controlled substance.

It also says that prosecutors don't have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person is intoxicated, only that the chemical is in the body.


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