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Road Safety A Concern With New Colorado Marijuana Law

Staff CMM - Tuesday, December 18, 2012

When Colorado passed its first medical marijuana laws in November 2000, law enforcement officials saw a rise in the number of impaired drivers. Now with the passing of Amendment 64, officials are expecting the number of impaired drivers to increase even more. Driving under the influence of marijuana can cause dizziness, slowed reaction time and drivers are more inclined to drift and swerve, making it dangerous to be on the road. As of yet, there has been no consensus about the standard rate of THC impairment, which means that the development of a roadside test much like they do for alcohol has not yet been successfully integrated. Different states have different laws when it comes to acceptable limits of THC. Although five nanograms seems to be the standard, lawmakers in Colorado have tried and failed three times to set a THC driving limit owing mainly to the fact that the Colorado legalization measure didn’t set a standard when written. Lawmakers in Colorado are prepared to reconvene on the issue in the coming year as the availability of the drug increases in the state.

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