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This Makes 4 Times: Senators Remain Unconvinced That Marijuana Impairs Like Alcohol

Washington state voters seemed OK with instituting a THC blood limit for drivers when they approved limited legalization measure Initiative 502 last fall. But Colorado lawmakers seem to want a little more proof.

A blood limit for drivers was rejected on Monday in the Colorado Senate for the fourth time. Skepticism on the applicability of alcohol-style THC blood limits helped defeat even a watered-down form of the measure.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, on a 4-1 vote, rejected the blood standard after a long hearing “that has become something of an annual tradition in the Senate,” reports The Associated Press. Each of the past four legislative sessions, the lawmakers have looked at the scientific evidence for and against using marijuana content in the blood to determine if drivers are impaired.

“This is a significant public safety concern,” claimed Matt Durkin, a state assistant attorney who supports the marijuana DUI bill. The bill, like Washington state’s legalization measure I-502, would have limited drivers to five nanograms per milliliter of blood for THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

Durkin claimed that recreational marijuana use will rise because of Colorado’s vote last year to defy federal marijuana laws by legalizing small amounts of cannabis for people over 21 years old.

Washington state voters also legalized small amounts of pot for adults last year, but unlike Colorado’s law, Washington’s doesn’t allow home cultivation, and the law includes a 5 ng/ml THC blood limit for drivers.

 

  • Ratski

    I am sorry to disagree, with this statement: Washington state voters seemed OK with instituting a THC blood limit for drivers when they approved limited legalization measure Initiative 502 last fall. This was a issue that needs to be worked because of THC in blood levels, for a person who daily medacates stay above the 5 Nano gram levels for weeks, even if a person dose not partake for a few days ,there blood levels still exceed, 5 Nano grams, Old news for most of us that use, here in WA, its still a issue that has to be amended, 5 Nano grams far to low, and will lead to un defendable DUI, and it puts every smoker in the state at risk, so no I did not like that part of the law , but I thought it should pass in the election and then fight for some amendments after I-502 passed.

  • t oakley

    Sure wish some of these “geniuses” would get some evidence to back up their claims!! I voted “no” on I-502 because of this ridiculous part of it. Anything the government states as “mandatory” is completely based on ignorance and control.

  • Robert Platshorn

    It will only take one good court case to make the Washington State 5 ng law unenforceable. It will then either be irrelevant or it will be amended. Not so difficult! Courts in other states have already said it won’t work.

  • Robert Platshorn

    The courts in Washington state will force lawmakers there to amend the 5ng driving rule. Negativity by the Doomsday Crew only blocks progress and delays the end of cannabis prohibition. There are two views of every legalization initiative. Vote the positive now and fix the negative afterwards so we can finish this job.

  • pause for the cause

    it doesnt impair drivin. i have to smoke b4, durin, and after the drive. the longer the trip the more i bring. weed for me is like yr soda pop, in yr cup holder, or some of u crazies puttin on makeup in the car, how about txtin and drivin. i call bullsh!t if i dont have a bowl in my lap im a nervious wreck. so bullsh!t to bein impaired while stoned!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/vickie.cardellini Vickie Cardellini

    If a person high on weed drives, the higher he feels, the more careful he feels he should be. Weed does not make a person stumbling drunk. It might make a person slower when trying to do a lot of things by memory, but other wise it makes you concentrate on what you are doing.

  • SteveSarich

    Colorado activists have informed me that there will be a FIFTH attempt to get the 5ng per se law passed in Colorado!

  • Zenobia

    But if you have a medical marijuana license in WA, you CAN grow in your home, because medical law still stands under the new law. I can grow 15 plants, legally.

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