Marijuana DUI Bill Back Before CO Senate

By: AP
By: AP

DENVER (AP) -- A divisive proposal to set a marijuana blood standard for drivers is back before the Colorado Senate, which rejected the idea last year.

The Senate was scheduled to debate a bill that says drivers would be considered impaired if they test positive for 5 nanograms or more of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, per milliliter of blood. Some dispute whether a blood THC test is a fair gauge of whether a driver is impaired.

Senators were handed graphs showing a big uptick in cases of drivers testing positive for marijuana. Some marijuana activists argue that blood tests are invasive and inaccurate gauges of impairment.

The White House has called for all states to adopt drugged driving standards.

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  • by PlzThinkOfTheChildren Location: canada on May 1, 2012 at 07:46 PM
    Why would you keep a drug that is relatively not as harmful to a person compares to smoking and drinking illegal and push it to the underground dealers. Those dealers don’t care what they do to make an extra buck so they go and lace the weed with many different substances or products making a substance which was once pretty harmless into a dangerous drug. Sometimes they add harder or more addictive drugs or other products to increase weight. Just take a look at some of the stuff they put into the marijuana that is on the street unregulated at the websites below you may be surprised at how dangerous having this underground really is. Please think about taxation and regulation of marijuana and most of all our youth and our future.
  • by Wow on May 1, 2012 at 06:19 PM
    Reality, put down the pipe. Show me the "science" from a credible, reliable source. There is no such science. Marijuana will be the downfall of Colorado.
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      by Except that on May 2, 2012 at 02:21 PM in reply to Wow
      Considering people have been smoking cannabis for many centuries I am fairly certain it is not going to be the downfall of anything. I cannabis were truly the great evil you believe it to be society would be no where near the advances that we have now. If you what you say is true this country wouldn't even exist considering that most if not all of the Founding Fathers smoked cannabis.
  • by Wow on May 1, 2012 at 04:19 PM
    Stoners trying to sound like scientists. Scary. You stoners are putting out so much disinformation its scary. The blood test will NOT test for THC in your fat cells. Put down the pipe. It tests for ACTIVE THC IN THE BLOOD! I think Cop is an excellent source of information. I trust him over you stoners. I believe him when he says kids are getting their marijuana from card holders. And to the joker saying 3 U.S. Presidents have admitted to smoking marijuana..... Obama is one of them, and he is a dope and a drag on society. Point proven, move along.
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      by Reality on May 1, 2012 at 05:39 PM in reply to Wow
      Wow is right. Except you have things a little backwards. It is you who is trying to sound knowledgeable. An important thing to remember is that your point of view is emotion and ignorance-based, rather than fact and science-based. You irresponsible anti-cannabis people are a quickly dying breed, with logic, fact and reality taking over instead. All of the information is out there and easy to obtain. Your disdain for the truth doesn't make it a lie. It just makes you foolish.
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        by Reality on May 1, 2012 at 05:44 PM in reply to Reality
        BTW, if you want to be taken seriously, you have to remember that name-calling is going to prevent that. While you and the vast majority of anti-cannabis types foolishly talk about "stoners" being a drag on society and call them names, make foolish generalizations that are not based upon hard fact, etc. (you know, acting like children), the vast majority of the pro-cannabis people refrain from that behavior and just stick to the facts. Your behavior in your blind, ignorant quest to demonize something you clearly know very little about is what is a drain on society.
  • by Max on May 1, 2012 at 03:05 PM
    Dope heads are some of the biggest drags on our society. Yes there are a few exceptions but the majority of them are losers and are a real burden on society. That's the facts and it doesn't matter if it's legal it not.
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      by ?max on May 1, 2012 at 03:11 PM in reply to Max
      Can I ask you what you mean buy dope head's being a drag on society?? There are lot's of successful people leading perfectly productive lives, and guess what they smoke.... MARIJUANA!! In fact the last 3 presidents of the united states have admitted to smoking "dope". The only difference between them and the "so called" dope heads you refer to is that they did not get caught. It is ignorance and misinformation that is the "real" drag on our society.
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      by Reality on May 1, 2012 at 03:20 PM in reply to Max
      Could you please provide credible, specific statistics to substantiate your claim that most cannabis users are losers and a real burden on society? No, you can't. The main reason is you fabricated that claim based upon your own extraordinarily limited knowledge and experience with cannabis and cannabis users. There comes a point when the properly educated, critically thinking, responsible folks, unlike yourself, dismiss statements like yours for the useless nonsense that it actually, realistically is.
  • by Wrong on May 1, 2012 at 02:15 PM
    If your THC level is at 5 nanograms, you are still stoned and buzzed. Other states have a limit set at 2 nanograms and they have scientifically proven the impairment at that level. Your claim that you will still be at 5 nanograms and be sober is unsubstantiated and false. While there is 5 nanograms of THC in your blood, you are stoned and impaired. You won't be sober and non-impaired until it drops to 1 nanogram or lower.
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      by urwrong on May 1, 2012 at 02:57 PM in reply to Wrong
      THC stores in fat cells, and has been proven to stay in your system for weeks. Are you telling me that people are intoxicated for weeks on a few puffs of marijuana? This law is just another way to put money into pockets of people on top. You as a Tax paying American citizen should not agree with prohibition of marijuana at all, it is costing us BILLIONS every year to fight and incarcerate innocent people, in a failing war on drug.
  • by What? on May 1, 2012 at 01:42 PM
    'more studies, let science catch up', be patient I'm told. Why? Didn't we wait too long to have a scientifically valid method to measure alcohol? Being under the influence of ANY drug, of any kind, impairs judgement and motor skills. You want to drink? Fine. You want to 'alleviate pain', or just get stoned? I DON'T care. However, put your compromised skills on the road and endanger me or mine, and I will not be happy.
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      by Right on May 2, 2012 at 09:23 AM in reply to What?
      Well said. Marijuana like it or not do it at home and don't endanger others on the road. My position isn't a debate about legality or legitimate use of marijuana. You shouldn't be on the road while under the influence.
  • by Cop on May 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM
    Please define a "speed trap". Do you even know what a speed trap is? A speed trap is illegal. It's where the police put up a temporary speed limit sign around a blind curve (dropping the speed limit considerably) to trap you into speeding. They don't exist. Catching you break the law is NOT a trap.
  • by Cop on May 1, 2012 at 12:49 PM
    I have come across hundreds of red card holders. Less than 10% have a medical condition. Is that a big enough sample for you Reality? And on top of that, about 95% of the marijuana I find on minors came from a red card holder; more often than not its still in the "prescription" bottle from the dispensery. Medical marijuana is a scam.
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      by Stony on May 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM in reply to Cop
      So are speed traps, but you cops seem to love those.
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      by Reality on May 1, 2012 at 02:28 PM in reply to Cop
      You're a cop. You deal with problem people all the time so your perception of things is going to be distorted and will not reflect the big picture. While I appreciate what you do and respect you, what you experience as a cop is just that. You don't hear about the vast majority of medicinal cannabis users because you don't deal with the majority of them. The people you deal with are not symptomatic of cannabis use...they're just crappy people. Start including the rest of the picture in your view and you'll understand that reality.
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        by Jason on May 1, 2012 at 02:36 PM in reply to Reality
        That's why I ignore cops' opinions about marijuana.
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          by Reality on May 1, 2012 at 02:38 PM in reply to Jason
          That's why most people ignore cops' opinions about it.
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      by FTP on May 1, 2012 at 02:48 PM in reply to Cop
      Your name "cop" shows that you are probably a cop, in which case you are automatically a bias source of information. If you look at ACTUAL research studies into driving under the influence of marijuana,it shows that the drug impairs drivers, but drivers under the influence have enough cognitive abilities to actually compensate for the error produced by Marijuana. The drivers tested that where under the influence of Marijuana scored higher on the test samples and drove BETTER than drivers not under the influence of anything. Also as for your comments about our young people and the increase of use of marijuana, and the association with MMJ dispensaries, is false. In fact states that have MMJ programs in place, report a lower level of teenage use of Marijuana. This is the result of marijuana being harder to obtain because you need a Medical marijuana Card to obtain Marijuana. Also the gateway effect is nullified also, because the only reason marijuana is a gateway drug is because of not regulating it and putting it in the hands of harmful cartels and drug dealers that have other drugs to sell than marijuana, thus giving you a chance to but H"harder" drugs.
  • by Jo Location: Springs on May 1, 2012 at 12:30 PM
    Reality - Medical marijuana IS a loophole for smoking weed legally. Unless you actually believe there are suddenly 10's of 1,000's of "patients" that need medication. I know LOTS of red card holders, not a single one of them has any medical condition. Want pot for medicine? Nothing wrong with that. Control it just like all other RX's are, with a pharmacy. I say legalize and tax ALL drugs. The "war" on drugs is a joke, you can't stop it. Might as well make money off it.
  • by Jo Location: Springs on May 1, 2012 at 12:30 PM
    Reality - Medical marijuana IS a loophole for smoking weed legally. Unless you actually believe there are suddenly 10's of 1,000's of "patients" that need medication. I know LOTS of red card holders, not a single one of them has any medical condition. Want pot for medicine? Nothing wrong with that. Control it just like all other RX's are, with a pharmacy. I say legalize and tax ALL drugs. The "war" on drugs is a joke, you can't stop it. Might as well make money off it.
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      by Reality on May 1, 2012 at 12:34 PM in reply to Jo
      Your little group of red-card holders is your little tiny speck in the grand scheme of things. Pharmacies cannot control Schedule I substances. Cannabis is misclassified as a Schedule I substance. You are right that the war on drugs is a failure, but legalizing all drugs is a horrible idea.
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      by Melanie on May 1, 2012 at 12:36 PM in reply to Jo
      You know lots of red card holders who are abusing the system, Good for you. Maybe you should find some different people to hang around with since those people seem to have some mixed up values.
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        by Reality on May 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM in reply to Melanie
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