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Broward County Circuit Judge (and misdemeanor drug court judge) Gisele Pollack, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in early May, sat before a panel of the state’s Judicial Qualifications Commission on Thursday and vowed never to drink again. Pollack, who pled guilty in September for driving under the influence, has had issues arise due to her drinking, including an incident while she was on the bench.
As a result, the Florida Supreme Court suspended her. She has been trying to get her career back on track ever since.


Medical-marijuana patients are still at risk for a DUI conviction simply for having trace amounts of THC in their bloodstreams, the state Court of Appeals confirmed on Tuesday.
In a 3-0 ruling with disclaimers by one judge, the court upheld the conviction of a Mesa man despite an apparent exception for such prosecutions in the voter-approved, 2010 medical-pot law.
Arizona, if you haven’t heard, has a zero-tolerance law against drivers with marijuana metabolites in their veins, medical card or not. Our May 2013 feature article, “Riding High,” covered how it was possible for patients or illegal cannabis users to be convicted for DUI even when impairment wasn’t a factor, and even when the only metabolite found was carboxy-THC, a molecule known to be inactive.

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Back in August we told you about the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell and LaGarrette Blount getting busted by a motorcycle cop while smoking ganja in traffic and the subsequent (lack of) fallout for the two running backs. This week the two were due in court, and at least Bell has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on possession and DUI charges.
Bell says he wasn’t high at the time of the stop, though he admits to buying and smoking some of the herb.

“HPD comin’ after me.”

For the next ten days, the Houston Police Department Traffic Enforcement Division will be on the lookout for impaired drivers. They gave it the catchy slogan “Don’t Get ‘Popped’ During 4th of July Festivities,” because nothing reminds you that Johnny Law is watching you like a snappy refrain about drunken/high driving. Starting today and running through July 7, the initiative will stake out “various areas throughout the city.” Yeah, we wish we had more specifics. Not so we can go drunk joy riding, but so, you know…to inform.
FYI, Harris County, Texas allows for a no-refusal policy in DWI-related traffic stops, it means if you’re buzzed, you’re got. If you’re not familiar with that policy, it basically means that even if you refuse a breath test, cops can still draw your blood. Houston Press has the full story.


Lawyers have been known to use some pretty outlandish gimmicks to promote themselves. But one Denver DUI attorney is taking a route that has some people rolling up in laughter.
Or just rolling up.
Jay Tiftickjian of Tiftickjian Law Firm has been giving away packs of rolling papers featuring the phrase “Enjoy the trip, but don’t drive high” to smoke shops, dispensaries, record stores and anywhere else he thinks might take them. The packs also have his office’s contact information and tips on how to avoid a DUI under the cover.


Since legal sales of recreational marijuana got underway on January 1, state agencies have made a big push in regard to so-called stoned driving. Witness the Colorado Department of Transportation’s “Drive High, Get a DUI” campaign, which features a series of public-service announcements with a light touch.
Data revealing the scope of the problem has been hard to come by, as we’ve been reporting for months. But this weekend, we got anecdotal evidence from a Larimer County checkpoint that driving under the influence of alcohol remains a much, much larger issue than does its drug-related counterpart.


A bill that would have made the presence of just a little itty bit of weed in your bloodstream, even if you toked up a few days ago, worth a DUI prosecution was killed in the California legislature recently. The legislation was nixed by the Assembly Public Safety Committee.
The bill would have imposed a 2 nanograms per milliliter THC blood limit on the state’s drivers. Medical marijuana defenders were outraged because THC metabolites can stay in your blood days after the high has worn off. More over at the LA Weekly.

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The Public Safety Committee in the California state legislature shot down AB2500 last week, a bill crafted by Assemblyman Jim Frazier that would have made driving with any trace of THC in your system illegal, and punishable by DUI conviction.
Frazier attempted to lump cannabis in with actual drugs like meth, cocaine, and heroin in a bill that was unreasonably strict, even after Frazier’s original language for it got slashed for being so unjust.


Don’t assume for a second that people who enforce our laws actually follow them.
Broward County drug court judge Gisele Pollack, who has had a history of substance abuse (ncluding one time when she arrived to work drunk) was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early last Friday. Pollack, who just a month ago took leave of her duties to deal with her personal problems, is now facing several charges, including DUI with damage to property or persons and failure to use due care.

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