Marijuana DUI Bill Dies in Colorado Senate

Last month, the Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee amended, and delayed, the proposed “Pot DUI Bill” (HB11-1261) for the purpose of extended study. According to The Huffington Post, the Senate deliberated on the bill again earlier this week, but was shot down on a voice vote.

The original bill proposed intended to set the blood content standard for driving under the influence of marijuana. It would have allowed for the prosecution of all drivers with five nanograms or more of THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol, in their bloodstream. The five nanograms limit is equal to the most liberal in the country. In the nation, 12 states have a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of marijuana as well as any other illegal substance; Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Ohio have DUI laws that limit THC blood levels to between two and five nanograms, respectively. After objections from medical marijuana advocates concerning the actual level of impairment with five nanograms of THC in the bloodstream, the Colorado Senate postponed their decision pending further study and review. Even after its latest deliberation, the Senate could not come to an agreement.

The topic of marijuana has been becoming increasingly more prominent in recent years. States propose and implement new laws and regulations, or change laws and regulations to reflect current scientific, economic, and/or social evidence. For example, as of 2011, the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is considered an “infraction,” as opposed to a “misdemeanor,” and requires a maximum fine of $100. If you have been accused or arrested for marijuana possession in Colorado, it is important to understand the current laws and potential penalties so that you are not taken advantage of.

Experienced Colorado Springs drug crime defense attorney Timothy Bussey of The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., has a critical understanding of all current and new Colorado drug laws. He can make sure you understand your legal rights and will work towards a fair outcome for your particular situation. Contact Mr. Bussey today for a free initial consultation at 719-475-2555.

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