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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

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