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<p>How high is too high? This is the question that is on the minds of many Colorado lawmakers as they take steps to pass legislation related to so-called stoned driving. Colorado’s House Judiciary Committee recently passed a bill that sets limits for legal amount of THC an individual is allowed to have in their system and still be considered sober enough to drive.</p>
<p>The current bill sets that magic number at five nanograms of THC. Critics of the proposed bill, however, contend that it unfairly targets medical marijuana patients or frequent smokers. One opponent of the proposed measure contends that because THC is fat-soluble, it remains in an individual’s bloodstream for days after use. Theoretically, this could mean that a person who used marijuana one day could test over the legal limit the following day.</p>
<p>Many against the proposed THC limits also contend that medical marijuana users and frequent pot users have a much higher tolerance for the drug and are therefore not likely to be impaired by levels of THC that, under the proposed bill, would be considered over the legal limit. If pulled over and tested for THC levels, however, these individuals would face criminal charges and also be subject to hefty fines and restricted driving privileges.</p>
<p>The bill is set to be heard by Colorado’s House Appropriations Committee next. If it passes, it would then move to a vote by the state house and senate. The passage of such a law would have numerous implications for Colorado residents with medical marijuana licenses as well as those residents who recreationally use marijuana.</p>
<p>Our criminal defense law firm handles drunk driving, drugged driving and other drug crimes cases. Colorado residents facing such charges would be wise to seek legal advice and representation.</p>
<strong>Source:</strong> The Huffington Post, ”
<a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/27/marijuana-dui-bill-passes_n_2774583.html” target=”_blank”>Marijuana DUI Bill Passes Colorado House Committee</a>,” Matt Ferner, Feb. 28, 2013