One month after legalization, few arrested for “driving while high”


Dasi Menakadasi holds a joint while celebrating the legalization of recreational cannabis in Vancouver on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

It has been a month since recreational marijuana became legal in Michigan.

So are more people driving high?

Not according to law enforcement in Lansing, Jackson, and Jackson County. They say there are not been an increase in the number of people arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana.

Lansing police say they’ve made no arrests for it since recreational marijuana became legal on December 6th.

Jackson County sheriff’s deputies say they only arrested two people for driving under the influence of drugs in the last month, and only one of them involved marijuana.

The Ingham County sheriff says it’s too early to tell is driving while high will be a growing problem. He wants to wait and compare numbers after 6 months.

The Michigan State Police did not respond to call from 6 News.

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