Colorado Senators Oppose Stoned Driving Limits
function share_this(num) {
 tit=encodeURIComponent('Colorado Senators Oppose Stoned Driving Limits');
 site = new Array(5);
 return false;

Colorado Senators Oppose Stoned Driving Limits
Posted by CN Staff on May 06, 2013 at 16:04:47 PT
By Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press
Source: Associated Press
Denver -- A stoned-driving debate that has divided Colorado lawmakers for years is poised to go down to the final hours in this year's Legislature. With just two days left to settle the question, senators voted Monday to continue the driving-high debate by rejecting an amendment to say drivers are too stoned if their blood contains 5 nanograms per milliliter of marijuana's psychoactive ingredient, THC.
The vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday afternoon was at least the fifth time the Senate, or a Senate committee, has rejected the pot driving limit. It is already illegal to drive while impaired in Colorado, and opponents to the blood threshold say that officer observation should be the basis for stoned-driving cases. Many senators question whether a blood limit for marijuana, which is processed by the body differently than alcohol, is a fair measure of driving impairment. "I just do not have enough information to make me feel comfortable on making a decision like that one," said Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge. Senators have resisted even direct pleas from the Democratic governor to stop fighting the blood standard. When a driving-high bill was rejected in another Senate committee earlier this year, Gov. John Hickenlooper took the unusual step to taking to Twitter to urge the blood standard's approval. The only other state to legalize pot for recreational use, Washington, already has a voter-approved threshold of 5 nanograms. The Colorado House planned to keep fighting for the limit. The House passed a bill Monday to revive the driving standard, forcing yet another showdown with the Senate. Driving rules for marijuana users were among several pot measures awaiting lawmakers in their final three days. Another marijuana regulation bill that passed the House on Monday sets an open-container equivalent for marijuana and requires marijuana to face the same indoor air quality restrictions as tobacco. The House gave the bill final approval 62-3. It now awaits Hickenlooper's signature. Taxing the newly legal drug was another question to be worked out. Senators were mulling a pot tax rate greater than 25 percent, a 15 percent excise tax for school construction and a special 10 percent cannabis sales tax. Those would be in addition to local and statewide sales taxes. The 25 percent tax rate has already cleared the House and was headed to the Senate floor Monday afternoon in largely the same form. Other regulations still awaiting resolution Monday included a first-in-the-nation attempt to treat marijuana magazines like pornography, forcing them behind the counter in stores that allow shoppers under 21. That provision, a last-minute amendment in the House, had High Times magazine contemplating a lawsuit if the requirement becomes law. Source: Associated Press (Wire)Author: Kristen Wyatt, The Associated PressPublished:  May 6, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Associated PressCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
Home Comment Email Register Recent Comments Help 

Comment #8 posted by The GCW on May 07, 2013 at 12:49:43 PT
I read Your post earlier this morning and girl was I glad.
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #7 posted by Hope on May 07, 2013 at 08:37:34 PT
You made me laugh through my nose. I'm glad I wasn't drinking anything.I was delighted to see this last night. I went there full of dread, early this morning, and they had adjourned at midnight and the paper had changed the story.That was odd. Seems like they'd usually just write a new story.I was rejoicing though. I hate it when a bunch of busybodies take it upon themselves to overrule the will of a legal and rational vote of legal, free willed (supposedly) and rational adults... whether they believe it or not. It makes you wonder what the heck is going on with their fear and hatred of this substance. Some more.
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #6 posted by BGreen on May 06, 2013 at 23:40:13 PT
Colorado measure to halt marijuana sales dies
OMG, they're going to blame marijuana for the death of this measure. Oh, the horror!;PThe Reverend Bud Green
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #5 posted by Hope on May 06, 2013 at 22:52:32 PT
Good news
By the time I checked it the title of the article you posted, The GCW, had apparently changed. now titled "Colorado measure to halt marijuana sales dies".Thank you!
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #4 posted by The GCW on May 06, 2013 at 20:35:21 PT
Not good. Is it legal? I wonder if there is legal recourse?Let's see where this goes by Wednesday.
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #3 posted by FoM on May 06, 2013 at 19:57:13 PT
That's not good at all.
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #2 posted by The GCW on May 06, 2013 at 19:50:31 PT
Add this:
Colorado lawmakers introduce measure that could halt marijuana sales
[ Post Comment ]

Comment #1 posted by Quax Mercy on May 06, 2013 at 18:43:32 PT:
Public Forum on Prohibitionist Lies & Corruption
There’s a lot to respond to here, and I got lots to say about all of it – even purdy pitchers in magazines, but I’ll limit myself to this:
   I wish we were making law and establishing precedent and everything on the other side of the definitive butt-kicking the lies & corruption of the Prohibs need to take before we can move forward. You can see the road-blocking, the mine-planting in the legislation moving forward. Some are engaged in a good faith effort, while others are free to sabotage as best as they are able. But this ought not be so. This needs to be taken up as a public forum exercise, just short of a plebiscite, really. Whether Bill Moyers & team at PBS, or renting a network for a night, that’d be the easy part. But an establishing of that which is true, actual, real-in-the-world fact and that which is fear-mongering lie & distortion & bottomless, fathomless corruption. Spell it out explicitly, which lies will immediately get you removed from what ever discussion. Truth & Reconciliation before we move forward. Truth, and a reconciling to that truth, and we move forward together. 
[ Post Comment ]

Post Comment