Pot DUI bill back with teeth in Colorado
May 9, 2011
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 scheduled to be heard this week in the Senate 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.