The Marijuana DUI Handbook

David N. Jolly
Outskirts Press (2014)
ISBN 9781478705789
Reviewed by Nicollette Violante for Reader Views (02/15)

“The Marijuana DUI Handbook” by David N. Jolly is a quick and informative book on the current laws and procedures on driving under the influence of marijuana. Incredibly relevant to our times, “The Marijuana Handbook” is a reliable source of information for lawyers, law enforcement, consumers and non-consumers of marijuana alike. With recreational marijuana now legal in two states, this presents a challenge to law enforcement and prosecutors in terms of whether or not the influence of marijuana impairs driving skills. Jolly goes through the chemical compounds and effects of marijuana, studies done on the influence of marijuana on motor skills, the sobriety tests that law enforcement use, how they identify if someone is under the influence of marijuana, and marijuana addiction and dependency. While sometimes the legal and chemical jargon is a bit daunting, Jolly provides information on both the drug and the legal process. He also details what evidence can be permissible in court and how law enforcement must proceed with caution and appropriate procedure.

Not only is it informative and packed with facts, it also demonstrates the grey areas of the legalization of marijuana, both recreationally and medicinally. What I personally liked about the handbook is that Jolly goes into detail about law enforcement’s training, especially the drug recognition experts (DRE), who have to testify in court as to whether the defendant was under the influence of drugs, and the ambiguities and controversies of the DRE. Jolly provides an objective view on marijuana and the controversies surrounding its legalization and criminalization. 

Well written, objective, and easy to understand, if anyone is curious or interested in the effects of marijuana, chemical compounds, studies on the effects of marijuana (both medicinally and recreationally), or how law enforcement is reacting to recent legalizations and the contradiction between state and federal law, I highly recommend The Marijuana DUI Handbook” by David N. Jolly.

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