Missourians Now Have an Option for a Pre-paid Cannabis DUI Legal Plan
Although medical marijuana is legal in the state of Missouri for those with a medical card, it is important for cannabis users to stay up to date on the ever changing legal landscape. Medical marijuana is new to Missouri and it is important to stay informed of the state’s cannabis laws, so you don’t get yourself or someone else in trouble for a marijuana-related violation.
There is some good news for Missourians who are arrested or charged with driving under the influence of medical marijuana. Cannabis driving laws can be tricky, because, while no one should drive while impaired, the components of cannabis stay in your system after the effects of marijuana wear off. That means, if you are suspected of driving while under the influence, you may test positive for cannabis even though you were not impaired while driving.
Now, Missouri residents with their medical marijuana card have an option in case a legal situation arises. There is a Utah based company called Reepher (we’ll forgive the obvious pun on the term “reefer”), that allows residents of the Show-Me-State to apply for a prepaid defense plan.
Founded by a Cannabis User
In a profile on the company for FOX Business, Reepher co-founder and CEO Justin Kahn said that the concept for the company started with his own experience with marijuana. Khan stated he uses cannabis to alleviate epilepsy symptoms from a condition he has had for the past twenty years. His previous work includes stints in real estate, as an insurance claims adjuster, and the founder and CEO of TruClinic, a telehealth software platform.
In his interview with FOX Business, he stated, "I realized very early on in my career path that if I was going to use cannabis to treat my medical condition, I would be doing so at my own risk," he explained. "The biggest risks being that I lived in a state where cannabis was illegal, that I could lose my career, or that I could get a cannabis DUI. Fortunately, cannabis reform has alleviated some of those risks. However, the risk that still remains is a cannabis DUI."
Medical Marijuana and Cannot Be Tested the Way Alcohol Is
To be clear, we are not encouraging anyone to drive while impaired. It is dangerous, irresponsible, and unlawful. But, the legal problem with suspecting someone of driving under the influence of cannabis is that it cannot be tested the same way that you would test someone suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.
In the aforementioned interview with Fox Business, Justin Kahn explained, "THC stays in the body long after any impairment has faded because it is fat soluble," Kahn goes on to state, "This means that a regular cannabis user will have THC in their blood and urine for weeks even after they stop consuming. In short, a regular cannabis user is breaking the law every time they get behind the wheel, regardless of whenever they last consumed."
Reepher Covers Medical Marijuana Users
Reepher Covers Medical Marijuana user for up to $15,000 in eligible expenses. What expenses are eligible? The plan covers legal representation, court appearances, personal hardships encountered due to your legal situation, alternative transportation, car towing, impoundment, and pre-trial costs.
Pay in Advance
Reepher’s plan is designed for customers to pay in advance, via a membership plan. The pricing is pretty low, at just $15 per month. Then, if a member is arrested or charged with a marijuana-related DUI, they may file a claim. They will need documentation of the event, such as a police report. Once their claim is approved, the Reepher company claims that they will provide members a $750 advance to assist with any upfront costs. Then, additional fees will be reimbursed throughout the claim process.
The service is the first of its kind, so the jury is still out on whether or not the process is speedy and efficient. However, they have been successful thus far. The company is based out of Salt Lake, and has plans to expand to Oregon and Georgia next, and eventually be available to every state that will approve them through their department of insurance. Of course, Reepher does NOT encourage cannabis users to drive while under the influence.
Safe, Legal Relief
If you are ready to join more than 140,000 Missourians and experience the legal, natural, relief provided by cannabis, all you’ll need is a Missouri medical marijuana card. If you don’t have your card yet, we can help. Our team of doctors is standing by to take you through a quick and easy evaluation to see if you qualify. Schedule an appointment with a marijuana physician online by CLICKING HERE, or give us a call at (877) 303-3117 to talk to a patient support representative.
Doctors Who Care.
Relief You Can Trust.
At Missouri Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.
Call us at (877) 303-3117, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!
Check out Missouri Marijuana Card’s Blog to keep up to date on the latest medical marijuana news, tips, and information. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to join the medical marijuana conversation in Missouri!