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Court says driving on drugs not always punishable

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Court says driving on drugs not always punishable
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11:14 CET+01:00
Dudes, driving under the influence of drugs is not always legally punishable in Germany, according to a ruling by a court in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate on Friday.

A negligent crime can be ruled out when enough time passes between drug consumption and driving so that the driver no longer feels the effects of the drugs, the court in Zweibrücken ruled.

The case involved a man who had been convicted of driving under the influence of drugs after police stopped him and found illegal traces of marijuana in his blood stream. But the man was able to prove he had consumed the cannabis two days before the traffic violation.

The district court that initially tried the case will now have to review details with experts to clarify how the accepted limit of cannabis in the blood stream can be exceeded after two days, the ruling said.

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