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Colo. pot DUIs bill gets first OK at Capitol

From The Associated Press: A proposal to set a blood-content threshold for what’s too high to drive got its first approval from Colorado lawmakers Thursday, making the state venture into an area few others have tested in the age of booming medical marijuana use.

Toke of the Town: A bill cracking down on driving while high on marijuana cleared its first hurdle at the Colorado state Capitol on Thursday. House Bill 1261 would set a limit of five nanograms per milliliter of blood, above which a person would be considered too stoned to legally drive, reports John Ingold at The Denver Post. Bill supporters tried to equate the five-nanogram THC limit to the 0.08 percent blood-alcohol level that determines driving when drunk.

The American Independent: Medical Marijuana patients and recreational users of the drug filled the Old Supreme Court chambers of the Capitol Thursday as they emotionally testified against a bill to make driving while high a DUI per se. Targeting what they said were faulty or old studies, medical marijuana users failed to convince the House Judiciary Committee that marijuana did not pose a risk to themselves and others while they drove. The vote passed 6-3 with many members absent. As introduced, HB 1261 makes driving with a blood content of 5 nanograms of THC or more a misdemeanor and creates the presumption that the person is driving under the influence of drugs as a result. The offense would essentially be treated the same as a DUI for alcohol.

Westword: ​Yesterday, HB 1261, Representative Claire Levy’s bill to set THC driving limits, survived its first legislative test, passing out of committee by a 6-2 vote. But medical marijuana attorney Rob Corry continues to argue against the bill — see his letter to legislators below. In his view, the measure won’t make roads safer and could spur lawsuits.

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