Easter Sunday isn't the only thing that is happening this weekend. 4/20 is a day in popular culture involving the celebration of smoking cannabis.
Washington residents at least 21 years old are allowed to consume marijuana in honor of this cult holiday. However, law enforcement will be out patrolling throughout the weekend to deter individuals from getting high and driving.
According to Lynwood Today, the Snohomish County DUI and Target Zero Task Force will be setting up drug and alcohol DUI emphasis patrols from 4 PM until 2 AM on Saturday, April 20. Lynwood, Edmonds, Lake Stevens, Everett, and Mountlake Terrace police departments, as well as the Washington State Patrol and Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, will be out in full force throughout the county.
If a person is found to be operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana, you could be charged with a DUI in Washington. A conviction for a first-time marijuana DUI offense is punishable by a maximum one-year jail sentence, a fine not exceeding $5,000, and driver's license suspension for up to 90 days.
The following are several tips to avoid getting a drugged DUI in Washington this 4/20 weekend:
- Get a designated driver – If there is a friend in your group that doesn't plan on celebrating, have them be the designated driver for the day or evening. Please refrain from consuming marijuana in the vehicle.
- Request an Uber or Lyft – If you cannot find a designated driver, you can rely on your cell phone to request a ride.
- Use public transportation – If you are looking for a frugal way to get around town, use the bus or train. Check the schedules and plan your trip accordingly.
- Book a hotel room – If you're venturing far away from home to celebrate, you could book a room close to your destination to avoid having to drive back. For a cheaper option, ask a friend who lives nearby if you could sleep over.
- Celebrate at home – To avoid going near the roads, host a party or gathering at your place. However, make sure you have plenty of room for people to sleep over or everyone has a safe ride home.
If you have been arrested for a marijuana DUI in Washington, contact the Law Office of Mark W. Garka, PLLC to discuss your available legal options to avoid conviction or going to jail.