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Colorado’s Marijuana Task Force Fires Up Their New DUI Bill

The interesting variable in HB 114 is that those cited for DUI on THC would be able to offer their body mass and smoking history as an argument in court for an elevated tolerance level.

As Colorado was one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana consumption, it makes perfect sense that they would continue to lead the nation in a logical approach to pot smoking.

On Tuesday the marijuana legalization task force gave the “green light” to a bill that seeks to establish what the legal THC level is for individuals that choose to drive while high. Contained in the same bill was a recommendation that those under 18 years of age, caught with their stash of weed should receive a warning rather than face potentially career altering criminal charges.

No doubt, these were two great building blocks in what will be the foundation of a solid state run program, however there were several issues that left these great minds baffled and confused. For all of their efforts they could not come to an agreement on the basic framework of their new growth industry. Who’ll be able to grow the state’s newest cash crop? Where, and what will these new recreational storefronts look like?

As the governor’s legalization task force, which was established just after the November election, scrambled to throw together systematic guidelines and recommendations for consideration by the ‘mile high’ states lawmakers, the idea that this 24 member team has only met four times is somewhat bewildering.

As a means of fast tracking the hot topic issue of driving while stoned, the task force separated this issue from all others and voted to recommend the proposed new bill that will hopefully cultivate a favorable outcome in Colorado’s Gen. assembly.

Colorado’s HB 114 is currently prepared to benchmark the legal limit for THC in one’s blood while driving at 5 ng. The interesting variable in HB 114 is that those cited for DUI  on THC would be able to offer their body mass and smoking history as an argument in court for an elevated tolerance level.

While Gov. Hickenlooper’s marijuana task force left the industries framework unaddressed -currently- the structure for the medical cannabis industry dictates strict compliance with seed to sale transaction and accompanying documentation. Before amendment 64 passed the obvious concern was the leaking of medical marijuana out into the public. Since that is no longer a concern, the current proposal before Colorado’s task force is rather open ended…allowing cultivators, suppliers and storefronts to operate in a much more autonomous manner, something like a neighborhood liquor store.

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Category:  The Ganja Report

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