CO House Bill OKs Setting Limit on Pot in System
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CO House Bill OKs Setting Limit on Pot in System
Posted by CN Staff on March 24, 2011 at 07:38:42 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- The state House of Representatives gave final approval Wednesday to a bill that would set a limit on how much marijuana drivers could have in their systems before they are considered too high to drive.But statistics from the state health department called into question how many stoned drivers the limit would actually snare.
Last year, for instance, the department analyzed 1,510 blood samples from drivers police suspected of driving under the influence of drugs, according to data provided by department officials. Only 29 percent of those samples came back with enough THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, to be above the limit lawmakers are considering. The rest came back with less or no THC. Some of those samples may have tested positive for another drug."It's not going to catch everybody," Thomas Raynes, the executive director of the Colorado District Attorneys' Council, said of the proposed limit. "But we think it's a reasonable starting point." The council supports the bill.Where to set the THC limit has been the most hotly contested issue surrounding House Bill 1261. The House approved the limit at 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood. But lawmakers earlier this week sparred over whether the limit should be lower or higher.THC levels typically spike to many times greater than 5 nanograms immediately after use before falling. But, because THC amounts fluctuate in the body less predictably than those of alcohol, it is difficult to say how much a particular marijuana user can consume or how long he or she must wait to stay below 5 nanograms.Bill advocates say some research suggests drivers may be impaired with THC levels of 2 nanograms or less.  Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: March 24, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Denver Post CorpWebsite: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews  -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on March 24, 2011 at 08:27:32 PT
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on March 24, 2011 at 07:51:49 PT
There is absolutely no scientific evidence for this limit or any limit for THC, for that matter.Is this law just on basis of hearsay and "blood samples from drivers police suspected of driving under the influence of drugs." This is highly biased means of 'research,' to sample from people under police suspicion.And hey, I know people that may be impaired after drinking a glass of water. "It's not going to catch everybody,"Yes, you want to "catch everybody" except yourself and your family, I presume.
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