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Over the years, states and national organizations have focused on preventing people from drinking and driving. Multiple ad campaigns have been launched telling people “friends do not let friends drive drunk,” and “buzzed driving is drunk driving.” Still, alcohol is not the only intoxicating substance that DUI laws cover. 

In the state of Illinois, citizens are not permitted to be under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any combination of the two while they are in physical control of a motor vehicle. With the legalization of recreational marijuana in many states and the permittance of medical marijuana in a majority of states, driving under the influence of marijuana has become more prevalent.


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In recent years, many cities and states have initiated the clearing of marijuana-related charges and convictions from the records of thousands of people. For example, San Francisco is currently in the process of clearing all misdemeanor marijuana convictions dating back to 1975 and will also wipe arrest records of all those arrested on related charges. 

Illinois may soon follow suit with a similar law that will clear low-level marijuana convictions with the permission of a judge.


medical marijuana, illinois law, Arlington Heights criminal defense attorneyIt has taken two years, but the state’s medical marijuana program finally got underway this month when six medical marijuana stores opened their doors. The four-year pilot program is expected to eventually have approximately 60 medical marijuana dispensaries to service the anticipated 100,000 people who will be approved. Currently, however, the state has only issued 3,300 medical marijuana cards.

There are stringent rules for medical marijuana stores under which they must operate. These establishments are required to be a minimum of 1,000 feet from any daycare centers or school zones. As a result, many of the stores are actually located in industrial parks.

Employees of the stores are referred to as "bud tenders" and they work with patients to determine which type of cannabis will be the right one for the patient’s symptoms. There are two types – indica and sativa. Indica creates a relaxing effect on its user and is a better sleep aid and pain reliever than sativa. Sativa provides more of an energetic and euphoric feeling.


synthetic marijuana, DEA, Illinois Criminal Defense LawyerAs both federal and state laws across the country appear to be heading towards lessening – if not eliminating completely – criminal charges for possession and use of marijuana, there is a concerted effort on law enforcement to crack down on the availability of synthetic marijuana. A year-long investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently led to the breakup of a major drug ring in New York City. The sweep led to the arrest of ten men, and the seizure of more than 200 kilograms of chemicals used to manufacture the synthetic marijuana. DEA agents also seized more than 275,000 packets of the drug, which has a street value of approximately $30 million.

Synthetic marijuana, which goes by the street names of Spice or K2, is smoked just like pot. It is manufactured by adding dangerous chemicals to tea leaves or other types of spices or herbs. The product is then packaged up in small foil packets.

However, unlike the effects of regular marijuana, Spice often leaves users with dangerous side-effects, including:


DUI, drunk driving, Arlington Heights DUI Defense AttorneyA new study has concluded that people who smoke marijuana while they are also drinking alcohol are twice as likely to get behind the wheel of a car drunk than if they are only drinking alcohol. The study was recently published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research.  Referred to as "simultaneous use," the study also found that mixing alcohol with marijuana on a regular basis also increases the chances that the person will be involved in barroom fights, destroy marriages and other familial relationship, as well as damage career success.

The study was conducted by researchers from the Alcohol Research Group, which is one program of the Public Health Institute. The research team gathered data from surveys of approximately 9,000 people across the country regarding their drug and alcohol use. The surveys spanned from 2005 to 2010.

The surveys were put into three groups: Users who only used alcohol; users who used both alcohol and marijuana, but at separate times; and users who used both alcohol and marijuana simultaneously. Of those surveyed, 89 percent of the people surveyed used just alcohol. The remaining 11 percent who said they also used marijuana. Four percent of the study's participants said they used the substances at different times, while 7.5 percent said they used them at the same time.