Sober and charged with a DUI? In Arizona, that’s normal


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Hrach Shilgevorkyan was charged with a marijuana DUI after a blood test revealed no active THC in his system. It did reveal an inactive metabolite of THC, though. The presence of that inactive metabolite has nothing to do with any potential impairment.

A judge eventually dismissed the case, but the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office appealed it, as the case eventually landed at the state Supreme Court.Prosecutors have argued that this was actually the intent of the Legislature. Essentially, they’ve argued that if you smoke a joint — medical marijuana patient, or not — you are forbidden from driving, probably for a few days, and possibly up to a month. Phoenix New Times has the full, absurd story.

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