Star of “Grown Ups” Movies Arrested for Marijuana DUI
The star of the “Grown Ups” film series was arrested on suspicion of marijuana DUI near Burbank, California on Saturday evening, January 17th.
Nadji Jeter, 18 years old, was reportedly weaving in and out of traffic and driving aggressively. When officers pulled his vehicle over, according to the arrest report, they smelled marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Jeter also allegedly failed more than one field sobriety test, so officers arrested him for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.
Jeter is an Atlanta-born actor, singer, dancer, and musician, who has most famously starred in “Grown Ups” and “Reed Between the Lines.” He was also the face of Coca Cola in 2011.
Jeter’s marijuana DUI charges could be complicated because the main chemical in marijuana, THC, can remain in the blood stream for up to a month after consumption. Although officers had reason to suspect that Jeter was intoxicated at the time of his arrest, blood tests will not hold up in court – Jeter could have consumed marijuana weeks earlier than his arrest, and the drug would not have impaired his ability to drive.
In fact, last spring, a strict marijuana DUI law failed to pass the California legislature. The law, AB 2500, was proposed by Assemblyman Jim Frazier, and would have led to DUI convictions based on any THC metabolites found in the suspect’s blood stream. A similar piece of legislation was struck down in Arizona at the end of April, based on the state’s medical marijuana laws.
The California marijuana DUI bill was defeated in the Assembly Public Safety committee 4-2. The proposed law also targeted intoxicated driving from cocaine, meth, heroin, morphine and other drugs.
“It is just as illegal to drive with the metabolite of marijuana in your system as it is to drive with heroin in your system or PCP in your system. It doesn’t matter what it is and the metabolite is inactive. It doesn’t make you high. It doesn’t impair you in any matter. You could have that metabolite for up to about 42 days,” said traffic attorney James Nesci, regarding a strict Arizona law.
California has medical marijuana legislation, but has not yet legalized recreational use of the drug.
The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Marijuana DUI, or DUID, Charges
Although South Carolina legislators recently legalized one form of medical marijuana, marijuana use for any other reason is illegal, and a DUID or marijuana DUI can have very serious charges. The penalties for a conviction of driving under the influence of drugs are identical to the consequences of a DUI conviction in South Carolina. If you are pulled for driving under the influence of prescription drugs or medication, you may be asked to submit to a screening test in which your urine is screened for the presence of drugs.
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