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Here's Where You Can Get Arrested For Dui Weeks After Smoking Marijuana


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People taking advantage of the state-legal marijuana sales that begin Jan. 1 in Colorado should be aware of another new law there -- a measure passed last spring that creates a "permissive inference" of intoxication when a driver tests above five nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood.

Among states' legal limits for marijuana in the bloodstream while driving, Colorado's is relatively lenient. More than a dozen states have "per se" cannabis driving laws that hand a DUI conviction, without a trial, to anyone exceeding the state's THC blood limit. Most of those limits are set at zero. Most states have effect-based laws that require evidence of impairment due to recent ingestion of a controlled substance for a DUI conviction. Get the specifics on your state's drugged driving laws here.

There is no evidence that per se laws reduce traffic fatalities, according to a recent study by D. Mark Anderson of Montana State University and Daniel Rees of the University of Colorado. They may also "inadvertently become a criminal mechanism for law enforcement and prosecutors to punish those who have engaged in legally protected behavior and who have not posed any actionable traffic safety threat," Paul Armentano of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws said in a peer-reviewed reportexamining the limitations of per se cannabis driving laws.

In Washington state, where recreational marijuana use is legal and a per se driving law has been passed, a growing number of driversare testing positive for marijuana. According to the Associated Press, a State Patrol spokesman said the increase might be because "we're testing blood we didn't test before."

The White House has recommended that all states pass zero-tolerance per se drugged driving laws.




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God almighty! When are these idiot fascists going to give up and become real Americans once again?


In the America I grew up in, people were not harassed by the powers that be simply because of a difference in philosophy. That kind of stuff happened in Communist Russia and China, but not here in the good old USA. We were proud of the fact that we had laws based on reason and applied them equally to all. What the he*l happened?


Well, I suspect it may have something to do with right wing ideologues who pander to the right wing religious nuts. They are ruining our country. They are willing to impose fascism on us in order to force compliance with their point of view.

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