With THC Edibles Legal, State Patrol Warns Against Drugged Driving
The Minnesota State Patrol says that in the wake of hemp-derived THC edibles being legalized in Minnesota, state troopers are being trained on how to spot impaired drivers.
However, whether the substance is hemp-derived THC or alcohol, the message to drivers remains the same.
“Whether it’s legal or not, driving impaired is a horrible idea that puts people at risk,” said Col. Matt Langer of the Minnesota State Patrol. “So our message will probably continue to be really simple — don’t drive impaired. And I’m more concerned with people adhering to that message than talking about what they’re impaired by or what can they use legally or not legally. When you get behind the wheel, you should never be impaired, regardless of the substance.”
According to the State Patrol, if you’re convicted of drugged driving, the penalty for your first offense is up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
Someone with multiple offenses could face up to 7 years in jail and/or a $14,000 fine.