April 3, 2013
With marijuana recently legalized for recreational consumption in Colorado, many state lawmakers are concerned about how to keep drivers who are under the influence of the drug off the roads to prevent Colorado Car Accidents. That’s why the state House of Representatives approved a bill earlier this week establishing limits on the amount of the drug motorists are allowed to have in their system while behind the wheel.
According to an article from The Denver Post, motorists would be allowed to have no more than five nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood while behind the wheel of a vehicle.
This is the third time such a bill has been proposed by the house. The Senate rejected the previous two bills because they established a “per se” limit. This means if a person tests higher than the established limit, they would likely be convicted even if they were not impaired at the time of the test. The Senate claimed this aspect of the law needed to be changed because the drug can stay in an individual’s system for long periods of time without consuming more of the drug.
An amendment to the bill prohibits law enforcement from using an individual’s status as a medical marijuana patient as probable cause for testing.
The Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers with McDivitt Law Firm ask motorists to never get behind the wheel after consuming any product capable of hindering judgment.