Call for a free consultation


Recreational marijuana is now legal in four more states

Recreational marijuana is now legal on both coasts and for millions of Americans. While November 8th will be remembered for numerous firsts and unexpected outcomes, the legalization of marijuana should not be overstated. This post will go over marijuana legalization and remind you that driving while under the influence of drugs is still a huge liability risk.

It is easy to see why some people may be caught up in the jubilation of legalization but it is important you don't let it cloud your judgment. It is still illegal in Kentucky. But it is legal in California, Massachusetts, Nevada, and Maine. They join Colorado, Washington, and Oregon in legalizing recreational marijuana.

Keep in mind that legalization does not mean it is a free-for-all. All of these states impose restrictions similar to those found on alcohol, including a minimum smoking age of 21 and prohibitions against smoking and driving.

Anyone who operates a vehicle while drunk and gets into an accident is subject to liability for the injuries they cause. Marijuana does not get special treatment compared to alcohol; it can be just as impairing. As such, the victims of these accidents may sue to recover compensation for their injuries.

Keep this mind as you go into the weekend. Smoking marijuana and driving do not mix. If you suffered serious injuries because a driver operated a vehicle while under the influence of drugs, like marijuana, then you may want to speak with an attorney. A lawyer can go over the situation and advise you of the best legal options to get compensation for your injuries.

Source: Business Insider, "4 states just voted to make marijuana completely legal ? here's what we know," Ben Gilbert, November 9th, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Question Mark

Do I Have A Case?

Bold labels are required.

Please note that First AND/OR Last Name, and Email AND/OR Phone are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

T.J. Smith I'm Your Lawyer

T.J. Smith... He'll Make 'Em Pay!
T.J. Smith... He'll Make 'Em Pay!

T.J. Smith, Attorney at Law
600 W Main Street Suite 100
Louisville, KY 40202

Phone: 502-792-7937
Phone: 502-589-2560
Phone: 270-261-4114
Fax: 502-540-1200

Louisville Law Office Map

  • The American Trial Lawyers Association - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • American Association for Justice
  • America's Most Honored Professionals
  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • Best of Louisville