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Police remind marijuana users not to drive while high

Eugene police are sending out a warning to marijuana users.

Posted: Jan. 12, 2018 4:18 PM
Updated: Jan. 12, 2018 7:05 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene police are reminding those who consume the drug to give themselves plenty of time before getting behind the wheel.

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Officers said despite common beliefs, marijuana does affect the clarity of the mind just like alcohol. Some reports show it can stay in your system for up to 24 hours but police said since everyone is affected differently it's been best to play it safe.

They said if you consume it, plan to be somewhere safe and have a designated driver.

"It does impair you," said Sgt. Greg Magnus, EPD. "I've been almost T-boned by someone that had smoked marijuana. He had no idea what was going on. People with any substance don't often realize that they are impaired," said Sgt. Greg Magnus, EPD.

He said they look for several signs that a driver is impaired. Some of those include varying speeds, not maintaining their lane, not responding to traffic lights or stop signs.

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