Finland’s highest court has ruled that motorists are unlikely to get slapped with a driving under the influence charge if they drive days after using marijuana.
The Finnish Supreme Court determined that the DUI laws still need legislative action in order to sort out the gap between when the psychoactive effects of cannabis subside, and how much longer using it leaves a so-called “fingerprint” in your blood sample.
Here’s how the Finnish news service Yle News breaks it down: “Cannabis usage leaves a substance known as tetrahydrocannabinol or THC in the body, prompting the production of a metabolite, carboxytetrahydrocannabinol (THC-COOH), where a metabolite is a substance required for or produced from metabolism.”
But while THC typically exits the body within hours of usage, THC-COOH, which does not yield any intoxicating effects, can linger in the system for days or even weeks.
Finnish police have been known to issue DUI charges when THC-COOH is found in the blood.
According to Yle, the Finnish Supreme Court addressed this matter a few years back, when it dismissed the conviction of a driver who had smoked marijuana before driving, ruling that THC-COOH “does not affect the ability to drive nor endanger traffic safety even