The annual Labor Day Weekend has come and gone here in the state of Washington. Residents gathered with family and friends for barbecues, pool parties, and all-around merriment during the three-day weekend - much like they always do this time of year.
But Labor Day Weekend 2014 was different from all of the others that have come before it. Do you know why? You can bet that law enforcement agencies do.
This Labor Day Weekend marked the first holiday on which recreational marijuana could be purchased and consumed legally. Remember - the first pot retailers didn't open their doors until a few days after Independence Day. As a result, the upcoming weekend will be the first post-prohibition holiday weekend.
Though they've generally kept a low profile in recent days, the Washington State Patrol and police departments across the state are definitely gearing up for this. You can expect to see extra patrols on the roadways and an increased police presence in public areas. Not only will cops be watching for drivers who have drunk too much alcohol, but also (and especially) for those who might be driving under the influence of marijuana.
Like it or not, the state standard for pot-related impairment is 5 nanograms of active THC per milliliter of blood equivalent. Some marijuana consumers say that such an amount will be out of your system within a few hours of smoking it. But given that police are likely watching closely for impaired drivers, it would be wise for anyone who consumed marijuana to call a cab, use a designated driver, or get a ride home. Because even if you are cleared of the charges later on, nothing ruins a holiday weekend like getting busted for DUI.
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