Drugged Driving in Colorado Leads to Push for Marijuana Law Reforms

Colorado’s driving under the influence (DUI) laws prohibits drivers from operating a motor vehicle if they have a certain amount of alcohol in their blood. These laws also prohibit “drugged driving,” or driving under the influence of a wide range of illegal drugs, as well as some legal prescription and over-the-counter medications. The rate of deaths from drugged driving has increased in the past few years, according to the Colorado State Patrol, prompting lawmakers to take another look at the legal limits for drugs.

One drug under particular scrutiny is marijuana, which is now used by many Colorado residents as a medication for severe pain, nausea, and other conditions. The Colorado legislature is currently considering a bill that would set the legal limit for THC, marijuana’s active ingredient, at five nanograms per milliliter of blood. A driver who had five or more nanograms per milliliter of THC is in their blood would be prohibited from driving a vehicle under the new law.

Supporters of this bill say that, since many drivers who cause fatal drugged-driving accidents had THC in their bodies at the time, the limit will decrease the number of DUID-related deaths. Opponents, however, point out that patients using marijuana for medical reasons will regularly have this much THC in their systems, putting them at constant risk for arrest, even if they can drive safely.

A DUI conviction comes with serious penalties in Colorado, whether alcohol or other drugs are involved. If you have been charged with a DUI in Colorado, experienced Colorado Springs DUI defense lawyer Timothy Bussey can help you put up an aggressive defense that protects your legal rights and will work diligently for the best possible outcome in your drunk driving case. For a free and confidential consultation, call The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. today at 719-475-2555.

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