LawsuitConnecticut’s Marijuana Legalization and DUI Laws have changed-Know Your Rights if You Have been Injured by a Driver Under the Influence of Marijuana

December 20, 20230

With the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Connecticut, there are important
legal considerations to be aware of to ensure you are well-informed and protected. This
article, brought to you by the knowledgeable team at Rodie and Rodie P.C., will provide
valuable insights into Connecticut’s DUI laws.

If you have been injured as a result of a driver under the influence of alcohol OR
marijuana, call Rodie & Rodie PC. Attorney Rodie will represent you to obtain
compensation for your injuries.

In 2023, Connecticut joined several states in legalizing marijuana, marking a significant
shift in drug policy. However, with this change comes a crucial reminder about road
safety. Under Connecticut law, particularly Section 14-227a, driving under the influence
of marijuana is treated with the same severity as alcohol-related DUI. This law
underscores the importance of responsible use, as marijuana can impair judgment,
reaction times, and overall driving ability. The message is clear: while marijuana might
be legal, driving while impaired by any substance, including marijuana, remains illegal
and carries serious legal consequences.

Understanding the changes in marijuana laws


Since the legalization of recreational marijuana in Connecticut, there have been
significant changes to the state's marijuana laws. Unfortunately, that means a greater
likelihood of sustaining injury as a result of an individual under the influence of

One important change is the legalization of possession and use of small amounts of
marijuana for individuals aged 21 and older. However, it is essential to note that this
does not grant individuals the right to operate vehicles under the influence of marijuana.

Just as with operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, a person under
the influence of marijuana can be held liable for double or treble (2 time or three times)
the damage award by the jury if the jury finds that the intoxicated driver was “reckless”

in the operation of their motor vehicle and that the “recklessness” caused the collision
and injuries to occur, pursuant to CGS 14-295.

To navigate these changes and protect your rights, it is advisable to consult with a
reputable injury attorney.

In the next section, we will delve deeper into the specifics of Connecticut's Section 14-
227a and what it means for individuals who may be charged with a marijuana DUI. Stay
tuned for valuable insights and expert advice.

Navigating the implications for DUI offenses

Now that we have a basic understanding of Connecticut's marijuana laws and the legal
limit for marijuana intoxication, let's dive deeper into the implications for DUI offenses
related to marijuana use.

From a criminal standpoint, when it comes to DUI offenses involving marijuana, the
consequences can be severe. Not only can you face criminal charges, but you can also
be subject to license suspension, fines, mandatory drug education programs, and even
potential jail time.

It's important to note that in Connecticut, law enforcement officers use various methods
to determine if a driver is under the influence of marijuana. These methods can include
field sobriety tests, blood tests, and urine tests.

How to protect your rights as a driver injured by
someone under the influence of marijuana

Being knowledgeable about your rights as a driver is crucial, especially when it comes
to navigating Connecticut's marijuana legalization and DUI laws. By understanding your
rights and taking proactive measures, you can effectively protect yourself and minimize
the potential negative consequences.

Here are a few important steps you can take to safeguard your rights:

1. Call the police as soon as possible from the scene of the collision.

2. Document Everything: If you are able, take photographs and video of the scene and
the vehicles involved.

3. Seek Legal Representation: In the event of a marijuana-related collision with injuries
it is crucial to consult with a skilled and experienced attorney experienced in cases
where an intoxicated individual causes a collision with injuries. They will guide you
through the legal process, provide expert advice, and fight to protect your rights.

Recap and final thoughts on Connecticut's marijuana
legalization and DUI laws and Accidents caused by
Individuals under the Influence of Marijuana

If you are driving while under the influence of marijuana, you may face penalties similar
to those for alcohol-related DUIs. This includes fines, license suspension, and possible
jail time. Additionally, the offender might be required to complete substance abuse
treatment and use an ignition interlock device. The specific consequences can vary
based on factors such as the level of impairment and previous DUI convictions. These
measures are in place to discourage impaired driving and ensure road safety.

If you are injured by someone driving under the influence of marijuana, the team at
Rodie and Rodie, P.C. can provide legal services to obtain monetary compensation for
your injuries, loss of income, your inability to engage in your usual activities of daily life
on a pain-free basis and any other damage or loss you may have sustained.