A bill that would have made it easier for Colorado district attorneys to prosecute people for driving while high on marijuana narrowly failed in a special legislative session Tuesday amid concerns the proposed THC limit was too low and would have made it too easy to convict sober drivers.
House Bill 12S-1005, sponsored by Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, would have put in place a legal limit on the amount of THC -- the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana -- that drivers would be allowed to have in their system. After passing in the House on Tuesday morning, the bill failed 17-17 in the Senate.
Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett testified in favor of the bill before a Senate committee Tuesday. He said that while he fully supports the rights of medical marijuana users, this was a matter of public safety.
"People need to understand how serious the problem of impaired driving is," Garnett said. "We deal in my office with the consequences of unsafe driving every day on victims and their families."
What does it do for MMJ patients who aren't impaired, but can show up to 200 ng (at average) of THC.
And THC is fat soluble, so it can stay in your body for up to six weeks.
Another thing that just occured to me - how the hell are they going to analyze these things? Piss tests? Violation of the 4th Amendment.
I prefer a strong law dealing with distracted driving - even had one moron yapping on the phone run a red light and nearly hit my car driving the wrong way before she got off in the next block - damn lucky too - a cop would have busted her had she done that amazing performance 15 seconds later. Saw a motorcycle cop drive up on the same road and entirely missed the scene.
That is more dangerous than being stoned and driving.