L.A. Officials Warn Against Stoned Driving Before the Holidaze

Those planning to celebrate the season with some cannabis, beware. Authorities in the City and County of L.A. say they are taking stoned driving just as seriously as drunk driving as Christmas and New Year’s parties get underway.

This is the first holiday season since commercial marijuana was legalized in California. “That underscores the significance of the message that if you use cannabis, do not drive...” said L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer at a press conference Wednesday. He was accompanied by L.A. County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and L.A.’s new sheriff, Alex Villanueva.

Feuer said his office has already prosecuted 7,794 misdemeanor DUI cases since Dec. 1 of last year. Those include "dozens and dozens" of marijuana-related DUIs each month. With Christmas and New Year’s just around the corner, they say they’re prepared to prosecute many more.

How do you know if you’ve had too much weed to drive? Always err on the side of caution, advised Sheriff Villanueva

“If you feel happy and good,” he said, “that means you are not ready to drive.''