YORK COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) – Medical marijuana has been legal in Pennsylvania for more than a year now. Dispensaries will soon be up and running, but police have concerns users legally prescribed the drug could get charged with DUI under current laws, even if they’re not intoxicated.
Pennsylvania State Police say alcohol DUIs are down but drug DUIs are way up in York County, and this could have unintended consequences for those who eventually end up using medical marijuana.
“Marijuana is a psychoactive drugs, and it can be hazardous to drive on it in large amounts,” said Tpr. James Spencer, spokesperson with Pennsylvania State Police Troop J, which covers York and Lancaster Counties.
However, Spencer believes the state’s laws need to be updated for medical marijuana users who are taking it in small doses.
“It is still a schedule one drug, and schedule one meaning there is no medical reasoning for that drug,” Spencer said.
That’s Pennsylvania’s current marijuana law under the vehicle code.
“It states that any amount of marijuana or a schedule one substance in your blood is