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Spokane Valley Police say marijuana related driving arrests are on the rise

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Arrests for driving while under the influence of marijuana are on the rise. Arrests for driving while under the influence of marijuana are on the rise.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - Spokane Valley Police say the department has seen an increase in marijuana related driving arrests since voters passed Initiative-502, legalizing recreational marijuana use. Police Chief Rick VanLeuven told KHQ that in 2012 the department made 17 arrests for "high" driving. In 2013, that number more that doubled to 44. 


Already in 2014 the department has made 39 arrests, the youngest arrest was a 14-year-old boy.

Spokane Valley Police drug recognition expert Todd Miller says that the legal threshold for active THC in a person's blood is 5 nano grams. However officers can charge people with a crime who have below that amount depending on their observations in field sobriety tests and drug recognition testing. 

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