Medical Marijuana and Non-medical Marijuana DUI Arrests
On January 1, 2014 Illinois will start its first Medical Marijuana program.
The Medical Marijuana statute specifically differentiates DUI arrest
procedures between medical and non-medical marijuana influenced drivers,
as well as when the medical exemption cannot be used.
This one day course is for patrol officers who want to expand their
DUI arrests beyond the traditional, alcohol-based DUI traffic arrests
while complying with Illinois Marijuana laws. It is also appropriate
for patrol supervisors who want to expand their understanding of these
types of arrests for report and arrest protocols and approval. This
course will cover the 625 ILCS 501 Medical Marijuana (A) (4) arrest
and non-medical marijuana (A) (6) DUI arrest.
Content will include the 2014 Medical Marijuana law and driving restrictions,
completing the sworn report and warning to motorist, writing the basic
report, and testifying in court. Officers will also become familiar
with the pharmacokinetics of THC (the active substance in cannabis),
the cumulative effects of cannabis use, and the physiology of THC accumulation
and removal in the body.
Officers will learn how to recognize the specific and unique clues of
individuals under the influence of cannabis. These include eye clues,
physical mannerisms, and other distinct signs and symptoms indicating
Attending officers will learn:
How to recognize the clues of drivers under the influence of cannabis
How to test for and recognize unique eye indicator
Recognizing physical “tells” of subjects under the influence
Which SFSTs are appropriate for Medical Marijuana
When the Medical Marijuana exemption is not valid
The proper procedure for collecting urine specimens in police stations
Writing an effective DUI cannabis report
Seizing and processing contraband as part of the arrest
How to testify in court for SSSH hearings and DUI trials
The instructor for this course will be H. Michael Drumm, DPA. Dr. Drumm
has been qualified as an expert witness in the 12th Municipal Circuit
Court of Will County in detecting individuals who are driving under
the influence of cannabis. Drumm is an ITOA and ILEETA member. He is
certified as an instructor with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training
and Standards Board. Drumm is also an NHTSA and DOT approved SFST instructor.
**Cancellations for this class must be received
by SLEA 35 days prior to the start of the program in order to avoid being
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