Recently, Sen. Daylin Leach, a Democrat who represents parts of Delaware and Montgomery counties, took a trip to Colorado to investigate the effects of marijuana legalization there. He toured a number of facilities and even sampled the product.
While smoking marijuana is perfectly legal in Colorado, the two puffs he took in a hotel there could result in a DUI arrest in Pennsylvania.
If the Senator drives here in PA upon his return, he will be breaking the law– Pennsylvania’s DUI law.
This is because after smoking cannabis, the inactive metabolite called Delta 9 THC remains in the system for up to 30 days or even longer. While this substance has no affect on the body and does not create a buzz, it is illegal to drive in Pennsylvania with Delta 9 THC in the body. Every time the good senator drives here in PA despite legally smoking it in Colorado, he is breaking the law.
This is an example of how arbitrary and confusing these laws can be and, as you can easily see, this leads to innocent people being arrested. Non criminal conduct turns into criminal conduct based upon geography. Way to go Pennsylvania!