SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Law enforcement officers will be out in full force Friday as San Diegans celebrate the so-called “marijuana holiday” known as 4/20.
Numerous 4/20-themed festivities and events are scheduled to take place across the county, including the “Bayked by the Bay” concert at Embarcadero Marina Park.
But while San Diego celebrates, law enforcement officials are warning the public that officers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers. Officials want to remind anyone choosing to partake in a 4/20 celebration that strict laws remain in place, even if marijuana is legal in California.
“People may or may not, because it's legal, think, ‘Hey, I can use it, I can do it anywhere” … and the rules still apply, just like alcohol. You can't take alcohol in public areas, you can't have it open in your car. Same rules apply to marijuana,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Sanchez.
Shop owner Crystal Jones said, “The risk of people under 21 being killed in a car crash on 4/20 is 38 percent, so that's even higher than everybody else. It's an issue that's not talked about enough so we just want to be here to support the community and make it a safer place.
Statistics show driving under the influence of THC is associated with decreased car handling performance, slower reaction times and impaired ability to estimate time and distance.