You always knew that the legalization of weed was going to mean new laws regulating driving while baked, and Colorado is once again leading the way with a new bill, reports CBS4 Denver:
A plan is in the works to set a limit for people driving while under the influence of marijuana, and this time lawmakers say they’ll get it done.
There’s a lot of pressure on lawmakers after legalizing pot. (Read more…) As the number of users grows, there is growing concern the number of people driving under the influence will as well. In 2011, the most recent data available, 13 percent of deadly crashes in Colorado involved pot.
This is the third year lawmakers have tried to pass the bill, and they watered it down this time to make sure it gets through.
When it comes to alcohol, the law is clear. At .08 a person is too drunk to drive. But when it comes to marijuana, proving a person is too high to drive may be tougher.
“So we’re saying you’re presumed to be under influence of marijuana at five nanograms,” said Rep. Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs.
Under a bill by Waller the DUI limit will be five nanograms of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in pot. But even if a driver reaches that limit, he or she could get off…
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