Legal Limits for THC Return to the Colorado Legislature for the Fourth Time
There is a lot of talk these days about the possibility that marijuana will become legalized in the state of Colorado. With a great chance that Amendment 64 will pass on November 6th, it is likely that within a short period of time, many more Colorado residents will have extremely easy access to marijuana – - as long as they are over the age of 21.
THC is the chemical found in cannabis plants. The abbreviation THC stands for “tetrahydrocannabinol” which is the element that affects the receptors in a person’s brain. For more information about THC, what it is, what it does, and how it affects a person’s brain function, click here.
The bill that is being proposed would make it illegal for drivers to have a reading of 5 nanograms or higher of THC per millileter of blood. The measure is being sponsored by Mesa County Republican Senator Steve King. He is the same senator has sponsored similar measures three times in the past to no avail.
Over the course of several years, King has repeatedly argued that individuals driving under the influence of marijuana are a risk to innocent drivers on the roadways. And while there are only three other states in the United States that have a driver’s blood standard for THC, he believes that deadly car accidents have occurred due to people driving under the influence of marijuana. King is determined to see this measure pass and has vowed to keep it in front of the legislature until it is approved.
The proposed measure has been brought to vote in Colorado three times in the past and has ultimately failed each time. The failure of the measure can be attributed to several factors. First, opponents are concerned that people who legally utilize marijuana will be arrested for driving under the influence of THC even if they are able to safely operate their vehicle. Second, THC can stay in a person’s blood for a long period of time after the effects of the drug have worn off.
King has vowed to never stop his sponsorship of the bill until it passes. He believes that lives are at stake and the risk of allowing drivers to operate vehicles while under the influence of THC is a real and true danger. However, there is likely going to be repeated opposition to the bill because the statistics related to marijuana-related accidents is incomplete.
If you have been charged with DUI in Denver or if you were arrested for driving under the influence of THC, contact an experienced DUI defense attorney at Tiftickjian Law Firm, P.C. With offices in Denver and Aspen, the law firm’s defense lawyers can be contacted at (303) DUI-5280.