It’s recommended that you should let at least four hours pass between the time you smoke marijuana and the time you drive a car. The window for taking marijuana orally is six hours. However, these guidelines come with a few caveats.
The Trouble With Guidelines
However, it’s difficult to set hard parameters for safe time passed between smoking marijuana and getting behind the wheel because the effects of marijuana vary widely according to potency and tolerance. They are, in short, dose-dependent. So while it is helpful to suggest a window of hours between smoking and driving, it’s even more useful to get into the details.
Don’t Be High
No one should drive while high. If you’re “a little high,” as measured by how strong your buzz is, you shouldn’t get behind the wheel. Many of us think we can drive with a slight high. The first parameter for safe time passed between smoking marijuana and driving is that you shouldn’t be high at all.
Don’t Be Overconfident
Smokers who drive can underestimate the time they need by forgetting these factors:
There is a period during which you might not be feeling the “high” — you’re no longer recreating with marijuana — but your senses and reflexes aren’t yet what you’d like them to be for getting behind the wheel.
There are levels of being “straight” after smoking that are appropriate to normal driving conditions but not for emergencies. Skidding on black ice or having to swerve away from a pedestrian stepping into the street from between two parked cars, for example. It’s usually recommended that eight hours should pass between the feeling of euphoria has passed and the moment you drive.
Notice that there’s a certain inconsistency between that recommendation and the one listed further above (that you shouldn’t drive for four hours after smoking).
When recommendations clash, it’s better to go with the more conservative option and decide that you shouldn’t drive for eight hours after smoking marijuana.
A smoker might handle his or her vehicle faultlessly but still be in legal trouble if something goes wrong completely beyond your control.
Marijuana, Driving, and the Law
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that because marijuana might now be legal in your state it’s legal to drive while high. Even if there hasn’t been an accident, if you’re pulled over while driving high you’ll be cited for Driving Under the Influence, just as though you had had a martini.
Laws vary from state to state. Some have a zero-tolerance policy, together with broad interpretive powers granted to the police officer who has pulled you over. Don’t be surprised if the mere presence of weed paraphernalia in your vehicle is enough for a judge to decide in favor of the officer even though you hadn’t smoked in several days.
Marijuana is criticized for leading to a sedentary lifestyle. When it comes to driving, let this criticism become sound advice. The safest place to be high is on your couch.
Euflora is very excited to be hosting the 2018 #MileHigh420Celebration in the heart of Denver, Colorado.
Stay tuned for artist lineup announcements, activities, and new additions to this year’s festival as we #reimagine420
If you haven’t been following the news here’s a good breakdown of what all went down, alas, Euflora has been granted the permit to put on the Denver 420 festival. The official name of the event is Mile High 420 Festival
please visit the official festival website here:
*Updates to follow… we will be updating this post here.*
Headline acts announced:
featuring Lil Wayne, Lil Jon, Inner circle and The Original Wailers!
Cannabis has been used as medicine for thousands of years, but with the recent resurgence of medical marijuana, many patients have questions. Due to the murky legal territory of cannabis around the globe, some patients may wonder how medical marijuana use may affect their employment, or if it will show up on a drug test. Despite the unrivaled relief that medical marijuana provides for a variety of conditions, these are still important considerations.
The reality is, regardless of why a person uses marijuana, it will still show up on a drug test. The most common type of drug test used today is called urinalysis. This process can detect the metabolites and byproducts of THC, which will be present in the body for a time after using medical marijuana. The length of time that THC use can be detected after stopping will vary for each person based on the frequency of use, duration of use, and individual biology.
Every employer has their own policies on drug testing, but there are a few guidelines that most companies use. Many companies will first do a pre-employment drug screen to check for drug use before hiring a new employee. Most companies will drug test an employee after hire if there is an accident which leads to physical harm, or if there are signs of intoxication on the job. Rarely, some employers may simply have a policy to randomly drug test their employees. Employees at these companies may be tested one or more times per year, or may never receive a drug test.
Could medical marijuana be excluded from employment drug tests in the future? There is lots of precedent for this considering other prescription drugs. Many prescription drugs will show up on a drug test because they have a potential for abuse. If someone with a valid prescription is required to be screened, a Medical Review Officer may contact them after the test to verify that they do in fact have a prescription for the flagged substance.
Right now, it seems unlikely that these same privileges will be given to medical marijuana users. That said, it is up to the individual business (as well as their insurance policies) to decide. As more governments begin to allow medical marijuana use, businesses and insurance companies will likely start to treat medical cannabis as a medicine rather than an illicit substance.
While this was a very unfortunate turn of events after camping out for 27 days to be first in line, we are still optimistic that the City will name us the rightful permit recipient after investigating the facts.
We ask you to help us keep this issue front and center by sharing this with whomever would enjoy it. It’s been a fascinating ride thus far and we want to make sure the City of Denver cannot ignore the glaring fact that this permit process was unorganized, unfair, and very poorly handled.
We are hopeful that this technicality is overturned and the City will do the right thing. We have faith that our elected officials will see the string of failures that led to someone else breaking the rules and being rewarded for doing so.
We believe that we are the only group in contention that can manage 420 properly, with the funds and experience to put together a world class event. In fact some of the very same players that created the debacle on 420 this past April are back again and working closely with Smokey and company. We feel that this is a liability for the city of Denver and something that should not be allowed to happen.
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Denver Marijuana Mogul Begins Record Breaking
7 Day Attempt To Transform Troubled 420 Event
DENVER, Colo. – Oct. 25, 2017, 4:20PM – In a move that is sure to stir up an already red hot controversy,
Latino entrepreneur Pepe Breton is directly contesting the legitimacy of the longtime 420 Rally event
permit holder Miguel Lopez. Due to the high profile mishandling of 2017’s event, Lopez was banned by
the city of Denver from renewing for 2018 and is currently appealing the decision.
Breton, co-founder of the boutique dispensary group Euflora, is forcing the issue in a very public way by
lining up outside the Denver Parks & Recreation building a record 7 days before the deadline for issuing
Permits on November 1, 2017. Having secured his spot at the break of dawn, Breton is taking a stand.
“I won’t stand by while they get away with what they did to the park, to the city, and to the image of our
young industry” Breton stated. “We worked very closely with Lopez and company at the event this past
April. We were one of their biggest sponsors, and they simply couldn’t do what they promised. The
entire event was categorically mismanaged. They couldn’t pay their bills, their vendors or even clean up
Breton feels that a change in leadership at the rally is just what is needed to put the controversy to rest.
“It’s time to move beyond having a 420 Rally and turn this event into a celebration of legalization,
normalization and the responsible choice adults are free to make in Colorado” Breton explained.
“Euflora seeks to bring a more balanced approach to the event, with music, food and culture that
represents more than just the slim demographics that were catered to in the past.”
The city of Denver has been embroiled in a controversial battle since May when it issued a letter to the
event organizer and Chicano activist Miguel Lopez and his lawyer Rob Corry. In the letter, the city alleges
a long list of permit violations that occurred during the event Lopez and company held April 20, 2017 at
Denver’s Civic Center Park. The city cites many violations including:
The aftermath of the 4/20 event was a public relations fiasco for Denver, especially after the historic
vote in 2012 when Colorado became the first place in the world to legalize recreational marijuana.
Even Denver’s Mayor, Michael B. Hancock came out against the way the 2017 event was handled,
stating “when organizers leave one of our parks trashed, they violate [our] trust. Further, we experienced an event that was under-resourced and presented numerous safety hazards. This level of disorganization displayed before, during and after the event requires additional action by the city."
Breton agrees with the Mayor’s assessment. “On the day of the event, they didn’t even have enough
money to pay the main artist 2Chainz which is when they came to me for an emergency loan so the
artist could perform as planned” Breton recalled. “To this day, they still haven’t paid us back and my
company is currently suing Miguel Lopez and company in Denver Civil Court. Perhaps even worse is that
during the hearing last month, we found out that they haven’t even paid the security guards who
worked the event back in April.”
Denver’s hearing officer David Ramirez isn’t expected to announce his decision on the appeal of the
current permit ban for some time. This however has not stopped Breton and his team at Euflora from
planning for next year’s event. Euflora is looking at a diverse lineup of musical talent to headline next
year’s event with possibilities including: Carlos Santana, Green Day, Imagine Dragons, War, Pharrell,
Deadmaus and local favorites the Fray, Machine Gun Kelly and Nathaniel Rateliff.
Should the city side in his favor and allow the permit to be released for the first time in many years,
Breton has plans to correct the errors of past 420 events.
“This should be a festival that people from 21 to 100 years of age can enjoy and relate to” Breton said
while describing his vision. “We seek to work alongside the city of Denver and the state of Colorado to
professionalize the image of a cannabis gathering right here in birthplace of recreational marijuana. We
want to be part of the solution and believe that we have the time, talent and treasure to run this event
in a manner that is safe, responsible and professional. We want to be an example for others to follow as
legalization spreads around the country. However, if for some reason the city of Denver decides to back
down and allow Lopez and company to run this event in 2018, there is a serious risk to safety, security,
sanitation and the overall wellbeing of this city.”
About Pepe Breton Euflora
Pepe Breton is a veteran of the cannabis space in Colorado and a co-founder of the boutique dispensary
group Euflora. Breton started his journey into the cannabis industry in 2009 with a maxed out credit card and a dream.
After several forays into growing cannabis, Pepe realized that he wanted to be on the retail side of the
burgeoning new industry and made plans to acquire a storefront on the busiest street in Colorado: the
16th Street Mall in Downtown Denver.
Euflora now has 4 stores, with 5 more under contract, a greenhouse and an infused product kitchen. His
small business employs nearly 100 people.
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Witness a true behind-the-scenes look at Euflora, one of Colorado’s best cultivation facilities and explore it’s dispensary to discover what this amazing grow house can produce.
This 2.5-hour cannabis excursion is an extraordinary opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the Colorado Cannabis Industry. During the tour, you will be chauffeured throughout Denver in luxury 420 friendly transportation, where you can smoke, drink, eat, and enjoy. Your private driver will be equipped with smoking devices, bottled water, and snacks.
As if being transported through time and space, you will arrive at Euflora Dispensary’s 7,000 sq. ft. marijuana greenhouse where you can explore and learn about the cultivation of cannabis from clone to harvest and have all of your questions answered. This is a rare opportunity to learn about different grow rooms at different stages of cultivation and take pictures with big, beautiful, budding plants!
Then, get a chance to experience what this grow house produces when you get VIP access to Euflora’s Dispensary on Denver’s 16th Street Mall, where you will receive deep discounts on strains, topicals, edibles and more! Better yet, expert budtenders are available to guide your shopping experience and answer all of your questions about cannabis.
You must be 21 years of age to attend our experiences. Please make sure to bring your non-expired ID, or State issued License. Temporary IDs can not be used to validate entry into dispensaries and/or grow facilities. Also, vertical ID’s will not be accepted for entry into dispensaries and/or grow facilities. Non-US Citizens must present a valid passport to enter cannabis businesses. These are the rules of the Marijuana Enforcement Division.