We’ve discussed in this blog before, some of the issues that Colorado legislators are attempting to sort out with regard to the legalization of marijuana. Since the passage of Colorado’s Amendment 64 late last year, many state lawmakers have taken steps to attempt to regulate who uses marijuana, how much and where.
One of the most contentious issues facing lawmakers revolves around so-called drugged driving. Some Colorado politicians have proposed treating marijuana use while driving much the same as alcohol. Proponents of stoned driving limits proposed imposing a legal limit of 5 nanograms of THC. Passage of this measure would mean those drivers found to have more than 5 nanograms of THC in their blood would face criminal drugged driving charges.
Those opposed to the proposed measure contend that imposing such restrictions is not a fair means of preventing drugged driving as factors such as tolerance must be taken into account. The bill proposing the 5 nanogram limit was recently rejected by members of the Colorado Senate who voted to continue debating the issue.
For now it appears as though no decision will be made this legislative session about how much is too much when it comes to driving and marijuana. Colorado residents who choose to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol can face serious criminal charges that carry hefty fines and potential time behind bars. Individuals facing such charges would be wise to seek the advice of a criminal defense attorney.
We’ll continue to follow this issue and others surrounding the legalization of marijuana as the passage of restrictive laws and policies would likely impact many Colorado residents.
Source: CBS Denver, ”
Colorado Senators Oppose Stoned Driving Limits,” May 6, 2013