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New Bill to Determine Danger of Stoned Driving

b2ap3_thumbnail_Smoking-Joint_20150813-172021_1.jpgWe’ve mentioned in the past how hard it is to prove impairment when it comes to driving stoned. The THC blood limit on the legal books is so ludicrously low that you could abstain from marijuana for days and still exceed the limit. Predictably, lawmakers have had some problems remedying this – having no legal limit could be seen as promoting impaired driving, while imposing any fair limit at all is difficult based on a lack of science and data. Statistics are hard enough to find since marijuana DUI charges and convictions are lumped in with pretty much all of the other impaired driving statutes. So how do we solve the problem? Is it even a problem, or is everyone (forgive us) just blowing smoke?

Reps. Jon Keyser (R-Morrison) and Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont) are working together on a draft for a bill that would create a tracking system for marijuana-related driving offenses to create the meaningful data we currently lack on whether drugged driving is actually a big problem.

"We want to be able to pinpoint what public safety issues are out there related to impaired driving and whether that's alcohol, prescription pills or marijuana, or some combination of all those things," Singer said.

The jury is still out on whether legal marijuana increased impaired driving rates in Colorado; according to the NHTSA, marijuana legalization had a near negligible effect. More people tested positive for THC in their systems, sure, but that really does not define actual impairment.

We hope a numbers-based discussion can help solve the problem as well as protect drivers from unnecessary drugged driving charges. For more information on marijuana in Colorado, visit our marijuana FAQs.

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