Can I get a DUI for using marijuana? Trooper Steve explains

News 6 traffic expert answers viewer questions

Trooper Steve answers viewer questions.

ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions about the rules of the road every week, helping Orlando-area residents become better drivers by being better educated.

Trooper Steve on Thursday was asked, “Can you be charged with a DUI for using marijuana?”

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“Yes,” Trooper Steve said. “If your normal faculties are impaired by anything that affects your operation of a motor vehicle, you could be charged with DUI.”

There are medical laws that pertain to transportation, but we’re talking about driving under the influence of the drug, Trooper Steve said.

“Under no circumstance, whether you’re prescribed marijuana or another type of narcotic, can you operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of that substance,” he said.


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Daniel started with WKMG-TV in 2000 and became the digital content manager in 2009. When he's not working on, Daniel likes to head to the beach or find a sporting event nearby.

Steven Montiero, better known as “Trooper Steve," joined the News 6 morning team as its Traffic Safety Expert in October 2017. A Central Florida native and decorated combat veteran, Montiero comes to the station following an eight-year assignment with the Florida Highway Patrol.