Pot DUI bill back with teeth in Colo.

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) - A bill to prosecute drivers under the influence of pot has been revived with teeth after it was watered down so it was just a study on the issue of marijuana impairment.

The proposal is scheduled to be heard this week in the Senate. It would set a blood-content threshold that would allow prosecutors to charge drivers with a DUI if they have a level of at least 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

That level would be the country's most liberal limit under the law for what's legally considered too high to drive. But it has angered some medical marijuana users who fear they'll be unfairly targeted.

The bill was changed to become a study last month but it was restored to its original form Friday.

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  • by lotsofpain Location: North Fork on May 15, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    News 11, please up-date your news, this bill was killed like on Monday night, why are you not pulling it. It reads like it's still in play when the session in now closed. You must like keeping the Western Slope in the dark! The Colorado Senate voted on Monday night to kill HB1261, the THC/DUI bill, in its entirety, scoring a huge victory for patients nationwide. According to the Denver Post, the bill cannot be brought up again this session
  • by person on May 9, 2011 at 09:28 PM
    Some prescription medications reactions are far worse than smoking a joint. We should also be looking into some of these medications. I know. I have have had severe interactions.
  • by Disgusted Location: Ritterville on May 9, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    Jobs? Prosperity? A thriving economy? Anyone??
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