The Colorado Independent reports that a bill is currently in consideration in the Colorado Legislature that would set a legal limit on how much THC a motorist in the state can legally have in their blood. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana.
House Bill 1261 was introduced by representatives Mark Waller (R-Colorado Springs) and Claire Levy (D-Denver) who have stated they are pushing the bill to support current laws in the state that make it illegal for a person to drive under the influence of drugs to the extent it impairs their ability to drive. Levy clarifies, “This is just quantifying the amount of THC you can have in your blood system.”
The bill would set the bar for an individual to be charged with a DUI per se at five nanograms or more. It would also make it a misdemeanor for someone to drive while under the influence and could potentially result in the loss of their drivers’ license. According to Waller, the bill brings marijuana intoxication on par with the laws that govern alcohol.
The amount of five nanograms was determined after studies that were conducted by the Criminal Defense Bar as well as district attorneys were analyzed and found that the amount appeared to be reasonable. It should be noted that it is not just the THC in a person’s system, but five nanograms of active THC in their system, for the law to apply.
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