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Ohio DUI Law: Is Smell of Marijuana Sufficient?

Marijuana Is the odor of enough to justify a police search or arrest and can an officer make a valid determination based on just a smell? A peer-reviewed journal article, entitled “Marijuana Odor Perception: Studies Modeled From Probable Cause Cases”, published in Law and Human Behavior, (Vol. 28, No. 2, April 2004) explains that “The…
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Ruling Could Doom Ohio Stoned Driving Rules

Stoned driving laws took a hit this week when Arizona ruled that per se limits on marijuana could not be applied. Ohio has adopted a draconian impairment law that punishes drivers for having a metabolite of marijuana in their system.  In effect that means that you are stoned driving if you smoke or ingest marijuana…
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Possession of a Controlled Substance: Drug Possession Laws

Drug Possession, a.k.a. Possession of a controlled substance is defined in Ohio as knowingly obtaining, possessing or using a controlled substance under the Ohio Revised Code § 2925.11.  As applied to marijuana, possession of less than 100 grams (or about 3.5 ounces), giving 20 grams or less of marijuana to another person, or growing less…
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Ohio DUI Law: How To Fight A Urine Test

In order to successfully defend a urinalysis case, a DUI defense lawyer must be familiar with Ohio's DUI law (O.R.C. 4511.19) and the Ohio Administrative Code sections which apply to the collection, storing, transporting and testing of the urine specimen.  Amphetamine, cocaine, heroine, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Phencyclidine and L.S.D. are specifically mentioned in Ohio's DUI/OVI statute…
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Driving and Drugs: Ohio’s Per Se Marijuana Law

While it is well established that alcohol consumption increases accident risk, evidence of marijuana's culpability in on-road driving accidents and injury is far less clear. Although acute cannabis intoxication following inhalation has been shown to mildly impair psychomotor skills, this impairment is seldom severe or long lasting.  According to the US Department of Transportation, National…
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Ohio OVI: Standardized Field Sobriety Tests & Marijuana

State v. Dixon, 2007-Ohio-5189 (Ohio Ct. App. 12th Dist. Clermont County 2007). More and more, we are seeing law enforcement officers arrest drivers on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana.  Often, an officer will request a urine test for marijuana after a defendant has blown substantially under the per se alcohol…
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Aggravated Drug Trafficking vs. Drug Trafficking in Ohio

Because of the high-profile nature of drug offenses, trafficking in drugs has overlapping federal and state jurisdiction.  The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act is the legal foundation of "War on Drugs" in the United States. The Act regulates the manufacture, possession, movement, and distribution of drugs in our country. It places all drugs…
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Ohio’s Marihuana Possession Laws

Marihuana is illegal in Ohio.  See O.R.C. 2925.11.  While some states have taken steps to legalize, decriminalize or actively not enforce marihuana laws, Ohio maintains criminal penalties for possession of even small amounts of pot.  The Ohio State Highway Patrol has stepped up marihuana enforcement and local police, depending on the jurisdiction, are vigilant in…
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Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in Ohio

Ohio Revised Code 4511.19(A)(1)(j) prohibits the operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance, specifically if your blood or urine contains a statutorily specified concentration of: amphetamine, cocaine, cocaine metabolite, heroin, heroin metabolite (6-monoacetyl morphine), L.S.D., marijuana, marijuana metabolite, methamphetamine, phencyclidine, salvia divinorum, or salvinorin A. Dayton DUI Attorney Charles M.…
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Ohio OVI Law: Impairment by Drugs of Abuse

Image via Wikipedia Ohio Revised Code 4511.19(A)(1)(j) prohibits the operation of a vehicle under the influence of any of the following controlled substances: amphetamine, cocaine, cocaine metabolite, heroin, heroin metabolite (6-monoacetyl morphine), L.S.D., marijuana, marijuana metabolite, methamphetamine, phencyclidine, salvia divinorum, or salvinorin A.  The statute sets forth statutorily prohibited concentrations of each of the drugs…
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