Monday, April 3, 2017 the Santa Fe New Mexican published Don’t regulate marijuana like alcohol, an op-ed co-authored with Barry Logan, PhD, and Stephen Talpins, JD. The thrust of the op-ed is that, since marijuana is unlike alcohol chemically and metabolically, an impairment-based per se limit like we have for alcohol just doesn’t work for marijuana’s THC. Plus, the quantities ingested or smoked is nothing compared to the alcohol consumed when binge drinking or … READ MORE
It feels great to share a bit of good news. Our DUID Data Bill was introduced into the Colorado House of Representatives by Representatives Jonathan Singer (D) and Polly Lawrence (R) April 3, 2017. HB17-1315, “Concerning the acquisition of data to analyze DUI offenses being committed by offenders” is an important first step to eventually changing Colorado’s DUID laws which today are the weakest in the nation.
Today, Colorado does not collect, analyze, and … READ MORE
The blog we described two weeks ago, calling upon many state legislatures to avoid making the 5 ng/ml THC legal limit mistake made already by Colorado, Washington and Montana is now up and running.
You should be concerned if you live in Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oklahoma, or California. Bills introduced into your state legislature would establish a 5 ng/ml THC per se limit. Most stoned drivers test below that level and would … READ MORE
Colorado makes no effort to collect, analyze and publish DUID statistics in the state. The state’s DUI reports cannot distinguish between causes of DUI, even though many law enforcement officers are trained to do so.
The ability to identify drugged drivers is especially true in the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) that typically writes 20-25% of the state’s DUI citations. All troopers are trained in ARIDE (Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement), which gives them more tools … READ MORE
Many states are considering legislation to deal with their drugged driving problem. The good news is that they recognize the problem. The bad news is that many of them don’t understand it. Particularly legislators in Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Minnesota, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Legislators in these states have proposed bills that would either:
- Establish a 5 ng/ml THC per se limit for marijuana-impaired driving, or
- Fund studies to determine what the legal blood level of
The Denver Post reported on March 4, 2017 that Jesus Carreno received a maximum sentence of six years after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide due to reckless driving and DUI. The report is misleading, although technically correct. Vehicular homicide caused by reckless driving is a Class 4 felony, which carries with it a presumptive sentencing range of 2 to 6 years in prison. Carreno also pled guilty to DUI, which is a misdemeanor, not a … READ MORE
The bad news: Denver voters approved Initiative 300 in the November, 2016 election. Initiative 300 bypasses Amendment 64’s constitutional promise that legalized marijuana could not be consumed publicly. It permits Denver’s bars and restaurants to apply for marijuana social use permits under certain conditions. This means that more people will start to find more ways to consume marijuana at home, from smoking to producing Resin (Read more here) in a bid to stop … READ MORE
Journalists were once respected observers and critics of American life. That’s rarely the case today because of shallow reports such as “Answers to five questions about driving and cannabis,” from KXTV in Sacramento, California. The first question, “Does cannabis impair driving the way alcohol does?” dominated the report. The reporter Sarah Moore didn’t even attempt to answer the question, but merely cited four references to show two sides of the argument.
The first, a report … READ MORE
The fall 2016 issue of The Journal of Global Drug Policy and Practice featured our article, “Why a 5 ng/ml THC limit is bad public policy – and the use for Tandem per se DUID legislation.” The article includes emerging thoughts to deal with DUID that were initially presented by Dr. Barry Logan of NMS and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, both referenced in the feature article.
We have called Logan and AAA’s approach … READ MORE
Many conferences have been developed to help policy makers understand the impacts of marijuana legalization. We at DUID Victim Voices have been occasionally requested to provide a perspective that differs from that of the marijuana lobby. These requests led to writing Skydiving without a Parachute that was recently published by the Journal of Addiction Medicine and Therapy.
“Skydiving” likens legalization of marijuana without first knowing how a state will deal with the resulting DUID cases, … READ MORE