Colorado Bill Limiting THC Levels in Driver’s System Advances

The Colorado House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would place limits on how much marijuana drivers could have in their systems and still be allowed to legally drive, according to The Denver Post.

House Bill 1261 allows police to test motorists suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana for THC, which is a component of marijuana. The bill set the limit for driving at five nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood. However, many disagree over whether that limit is too high or too low. THC levels fluctuate in the body unpredictably, and it is difficult to determine how much marijuana a user could consume and stay below the limit. Researchers say that some marijuana users who have developed a high tolerance may be sober at levels above five nanograms, while some may be unsafe to drive at much lower levels.

In 2010, the state health department analyzed over 1,500 blood samples from drivers suspected of driving while under the influence of drugs. Only 29 percent came back with a high enough level of THC to be above the limit set in the House bill.

Currently, the police take blood samples from those drivers that they believe are driving under the influence of marijuana. If a motorist tests below a certain limit, they can still be charged with driving while drugged, but it’s harder for district attorneys to show they are impaired. Opponents of the bill point out that under the bill, if a driver is under the influence of marijuana, it will most likely be harder to prosecute them for drugged driving if the driver is under the limit, even if the driver is driving erratically.

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