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Marijuana DUI Bill Passes in Colorado House

By Thomas H. Clarke April 6, 2013 Marijuana DUI Bill Passes in Colorado House
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DENVER, CO — A bill that would establish DUI limits for marijuana users in Colorado passed a third and final House reading Tuesday, and now advances to the Senate for consideration.

House Bill 1114, introduced by Rep. Mark Waller (R-Colorado Springs), would allow drivers to be considered impaired if their blood contains more than 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter.

However, unlike previous bills that have failed in previous sessions, the 5 nanogram limit is not per se, meaning that defendants charged under the statute who possess THC/blood levels above this threshold could continue to provide evidence in criminal court indicating that they did not present a legitimate traffic safety risk, rather than being considered guilty as a result of the test reading.

“For example, if you did not exhibit poor driving, you can put that on as evidence to say, ‘Look my driving was not poor, I’m not unsafe to operate a motor vehicle,’” Rep. Waller said at a hearing on the bill.

“This is about traffic safety in the state of Colorado,” said bill co-sponsor Rep. Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora). “This bill will send a very strong message that no longer can you get behind the wheel after smoking marijuana.”

House Bill 1114 was approved by the House Committee on the Judiciary and was then assigned Colorado House Committee on Appropriations.

On Monday, the House Committee on Appropriations approved the bill, sending it to the floor of the House for a floor vote.

The Legislature has tried and failed three times to pass a driving-high blood standard.  Previous attempts at passing similar legislation passed in the House, but failed in the Senate.

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  • Fields

    ….a COMMUNIST hiding behind the Marxist “democrat” moniker

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lolololfynnnny10101 Adam Israel

    “This is about traffic safety in the state of Colorado,” said bill
    co-sponsor Rep. Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora). “This bill will send a very
    strong message that no longer can you get behind the wheel after smoking
    marijuana.”

    LOL, people have been doing it for years and not causing accidents, driving safe, and probably staying slightly under the speed limit, haha. These senators must be butthurt about it being legalized… ironically before it was legal there was no sobriety testing bill, and now that it IS legalized it’s brought too much attention and sometimes I think it would of been better to remain illegal. Employers still won’t hire you if you come up positive for THC in pre-employment screens even thought it is NOT alcohol and is NOT ILLEGAL. Now we get to send your local stoner to jail and tarnish his record with a DUI when they were only on their way to support mcdonalds! (I can keep the jokes coming!) What about all the people who pop an oxycontin before driving? They don’t have the red eyes or the smell, they are way more dangerous, how are we gonna catch them?

    “For example, if you did not exhibit poor driving, you can put that on
    as evidence to say, ‘Look my driving was not poor, I’m not unsafe to
    operate a motor vehicle,’” Rep. Waller said at a hearing on the bill.

    Can anyone imagine this? The judge, and the cop who pulled you over will laugh you right into your jail cell. Without any evidence like a tape recording it’s just your word vs a police officer and a drug test!