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Colorado’S Marijuana-Dui Rules Will Leave You Dazed And Confused


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In January, Coloradans could finally, in the words of their Democratic governor, John Hickenlooper, “break out the Cheetos and Goldfish.” Fourteen months after ­voters approved a referendum legalizing marijuana, the first pot stores opened their doors.


The rules mostly mirror those for alcohol: Shops need licenses, buyers need to be 21, and the state needs its cut by way of taxes. But not every aspect of legalization is so straightforward.


Stoned drivers are a serious safety concern, but there’s no clear-cut way to gauge the risk as there is with drunk drivers. Tetra­hydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in pot, works differently than booze. Research has shown that the amount of THC in the bloodstream is not a consistent indicator of cognitive or psychomotor impairment.


Users’ bodies are prone to building robust tolerances, even retaining reflexes while high. What’s more, while drinkers can wait out their blood-alcohol levels, THC and pot’s inactive metabolites can remain in the bloodstream for many days, especially for frequent users.

In Arizona, this has resulted in DUI prosecutions of medical-marijuana prescription holders who even the state admits hadn’t used in weeks.


Colorado’s law ostensibly dodges such orthodox stupidity by not relying solely on THC concentration and allowing drivers to offer evidence of

their sobriety, even if their levels are above the five-nanograms-per-milliliter limit.


But this will likely prove to be a sham. Nobody has yet said what constitutes acceptable proof of sobriety, and it’s likely that not much will be accepted. So the law will, by default, follow the five-ng/ml limit that everyone admits isn’t a reliable indicator of anything.



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Stoned drivers are a serious safety concern, but there’s no clear-cut way to gauge the risk as there is with drunk drivers.


roadside sobriety tests have worked before the breathalyzers and they work after the breathalyzers. and they work on prescription drug impairments, other illegal drug impairments and even people who didnt get enough sleep.


this myth that theres no driving test for marijuana smokers is really pathetic. just like the rest of the drug war lies.

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