Woman says she drives better stoned

Melanie Briegar of Denver, Colorado who says she drives better stoned (Photo courtesy CNN)

DENVER, Colo. – A Denver woman moved from Indiana to Colorado for one reason:  Medical marijuana.

Twenty-nine-year-old Melanie Brinegar says she’s constantly in pain if she doesn’t use cannabis.  She says that’s especially true because of a past car accident that compressed her spine.  She says the constant pressure against her back causes her pain.

So, when police pulled her over a year ago for an expired license plate, she was honest.

“He smelled marijuana.  I then told him I’m a medical marijuana patient.”

She even works at a marijuana dispensary where she was headed when police say she failed a roadside sobriety test.  Her blood test showed she had 19 nanograms.  The state’s legal limit is 5 nanograms.

Brinegar says 5 nanograms is not fair to medical marijuana patients .

She fought the case in court, and her attorney convinced a jury that the police suggested, and insisted that there was no evidence of impairment.

Brinegar says smoking marijuana actually makes her a better, safer driver because she’s more focused behind the wheel.

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