CO Legislature Gives Final OK To MJ Driving Limit
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CO Legislature Gives Final OK To MJ Driving Limit
Posted by CN Staff on May 07, 2013 at 13:38:20 PT
By John Ingold, The Denver Post
Source: Denver Post
Colorado -- The torturous journey through the Colorado legislature of a proposal to set a stoned-driving limit ended Tuesday, when the state Senate gave final approval to the plan.The latest iteration of the proposal, House Bill 1325, now goes to Gov. John Hickenlooper, who has said he supports the plan. The bill sets a limit of active THC  the psychoactive chemical in marijuana  that drivers can have in their blood before juries can presume they were too high to drive.
Tuesday's 24-11 vote in favor of the measure came without discussion and it belied the difficulty the proposal has had at the state Capitol. The bill was the sixth try in the past three years for supporters of a limit. Two separate but identical proposals  a stand-alone bill and a provision amended into a bill on recreational marijuana regulations  both failed earlier this year in Senate committees.Supporters say the limit is needed to stem the rising tide of stoned-driving cases in Colorado, especially now that voters have legalized use of marijuana for adults."The reason I keep coming back," Sen. Steve King, a Grand Junction Republican who sponsored the bill, said Monday, "is because the numbers are going the wrong way."Opponents of the plan say the science behind the limit is unsettled and that the bill could lead to sober drivers being convicted. Many worried that the bill would unfairly punish medical-marijuana patients."To take this standard and apply it to those who use (marijuana) as medicine is to me not appropriate," said Sen. Pat Steadman, D-Denver.The bill does not change anything about how police identify, stop, question or test stoned drivers. Except in extreme circumstances, drivers would have to give consent to have their blood drawn  though they could lose their licenses if they refuse a request for a blood test.SnippedComplete Article: Denver Post (CO)Author:  John Ingold, The Denver PostPublished: May 7, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Denver Post Website: openforum denverpost.comCannabisNews -- Cannabis Archives 
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