Driving High Bill Dies in Senate
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Driving High Bill Dies in Senate
Posted by CN Staff on May 09, 2011 at 19:42:07 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post 
Denver -- A proposal at the state Capitol to set a limit for how stoned is too stoned to drive died this evening in the Senate.In a crucial vote, lawmakers rejected a hard cap on the amount of THC  the psychoactive chemical in marijuana  drivers could have in their systems above which they would be presumed too high to drive. Instead, a divided Senate sided with medical-marijuana advocates, who urged more study of the proposal.
"We are being asked to make policy by anecdote," Sen. Shawn Mitchell, R-Broomfield, said in arguing for extra research. "... Policy should be well-considered."With the teeth of the proposal removed, the Senate later voted to kill the bill, a decision that withstood a subsequent procedural challenge 20-15.Sen. Steve King, a Grand Junction Republican who was one of House Bill 1261's sponsors, said failing to set a THC limit would have real consequences. He cited instances of fatal accidents in which the at-fault drivers tested positive for THC."Lives are at risk here," he said.But Mitchell noted that some of those drivers had THC levels below the proposed limit  5 nanograms per milliliter of blood. Echoing the concerns of a number of lawmakers, Aurora Democratic Sen. Morgan Carroll said she believes the research is inconclusive about how much THC definitively causes impairment, meaning a 5-nanogram limit might snare sober drivers while allowing stoned ones to go free. Snipped   Complete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author: John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: May 9, 2011Copyright: 2011 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews -- Cannabis  Archives 
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on May 10, 2011 at 05:02:43 PT
Driving while under herbally induced euphoria.
Our little town is so small we don't even have a town drunk, so we all take turns.
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