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Straight but Narrow Win for Stoned Idaho Drivers

January 15, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

You can drive high in Idaho, as long as you can drive straight.

In overturning an impaired driving conviction, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a loophole in Idaho law means marijuana users can drive legally as long as they don't drive erratically and can pass a field sobriety test.

A three-judge panel wrote that Idaho's impaired driving law makes it illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol and narcotics. But Idaho doesn't list marijuana as a narcotic.

The court said that because marijuana is not listed, Matthew Patzer, 21, could not automatically be presumed impaired.

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