Colorado Considers How to Handle Marijuana Use and Driving

Colorado already has a number of laws in place that prohibit driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI/DWI), and the penalties that follow a conviction of violating these laws can be severe. With the recent voter-approved changes in Colorado’s marijuana laws, however, the state is considering how to handle marijuana use by drivers.

Unlike Washington, which also legalized the use of small amounts of marijuana in 2012, Colorado law does not currently set a maximum amount of THC that a driver may not have in his or her system while operating a motor vehicle. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the active ingredient in marijuana. This method is similar to that used in all 50 U.S. states for drunk driving, in which the legal blood alcohol limit is 0.08 percent.

Several options for a driving-while-impaired by marijuana law are currently being discussed in the state legislature. One option is to set a maximum blood THC limit; Washington’s recent law set the amount at 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood. Another is to avoid naming a specific limit, but to allow drivers to prove in court that they were not too impaired to drive a vehicle safely, despite having marijuana in their systems at the time.

At The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., our skilled Colorado Springs DUI defense attorneys will help you build an aggressive defense that fights for the best possible results in your case, taking into account your personal needs. For a free, confidential case evaluation, contact us today at (719) 475-2555.

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