Beware- New Marijuana Driving Laws

On September 11, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown approved SB-65. SB-65 made amendments to Vehicle Code sections 23220 and 23221 and came into effect on January 1, 2018.

Existing law under Vehicle Code sections 23220 and 23221 makes it an infraction to drink any alcohol while driving a motor vehicle upon a highway and in other specified locations. Existing law also makes it an infraction for a passenger to drink an alcoholic beverage while in a motor vehicle upon a highway and in other specified locations.

SB-65 amended Vehicle Code section 23220 and 23221 to make it an infraction to “smoke or ingest marijuana or any marijuana product” while driving a motor vehicle upon a highway and in other specified locations. Further, SB-65 amended these code sections to make it an infraction to “smoke or ingest marijuana or any marijuana product” while riding as a passenger in any motor vehicle upon a highway and in other specified locations.

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