Marijuana driving limits proposed to CO. lawmakers
It’s been proposed before and failed three times in Colorado, but again marijuana driving limits are back before state lawmakers.
Those backing the latest bill hope to set blood level limits to decide who's too stoned to drive.
Concerns that blood tests aren't a fair way to tell whether someone is too high to get behind the wheel are what have stopped the bill in the past.
This latest effort seeks to set a similar limit to what's now in place for alcohol.
Right now, sheriff's deputies handle those driving under the influence of drugs the same as those driving under the influence of alcohol.
“They think that because it’s legal then it’s legal for them to drive under the influence of it and that's just not the case,” Heather Benjamin, with the Mesa County Sherriff’s Office, said. “If they go through the testing and they are shown to be impaired, just like you would be under alcohol, you would be treated the same.”
The DUID bill this year has a democratic and a republican sponsor.
Both argued before the house judiciary committee that the motoring public needs a clear blood limit now that marijuana is legal for adults over 21.
There are not many people saying that driving stoned is safe.
Some of those opposed to the bill believe that Colorado should continue to rely on officer observation.
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