The fatal flaws of Colorado’s infamous 5 ng THC permissible inference law are now coming to light. The 5 ng law firmly positioned Colorado with the weakest DUID laws in the nation. Colorado’s law was supposed to make it somewhat easier to convict a stoned driver of DUI if they tested at or above 5 ng/ml of THC in whole blood, while making it extremely difficult to convict a stoned driver who tested below that … READ MORE
The day after The Denver Post published its front page story celebrating the ‘coming of age’ of marijuana, and the day after we published our Stoking the fire rebuke of the newspaper’s disregard for journalistic integrity, The Post’s editorial board published “Full story on marijuana in Colorado is still being written.” And yes, we made sure that The Denver Post received a copy of our comments before they published their editorial.
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JAMA Psychiatry published survey results October 21 reporting that adult use of marijuana doubled in the last decade, and that 30% of users meet criteria for Marijuana Use Disorder: NIH Press Release.
The Denver Post featured the JAMA story on its front page the next … READ MORE
Gotta sharpen the saw every now and then. We’ll be attending two educational sessions in the next few months to stay on top of emerging trends and science. The first is an Advanced DRE/Green Lab put on by Chris Halsor at Understanding Legal Marijuana, LLC. I’ve known Chris for years and have heard wonderful things about his seminars from law enforcement friends, so I’m looking forward to attending.
The second is a seminar put on … READ MORE
We are pleased to report that Illinois’ Governor Rauner exercised a line item veto that we requested of HB 218 that would have established a 15 ng/ml per se level for THC, effectively preventing enforcement of DUI-marijuana in Illinois. (See previous post “Governor Rauner, please consider the consequences.”) Unfortunately, he recommended that legislators support a 5 ng/ml level as is used in Colorado, Washington and Montana. A 5 ng/ml standard is still far too high. … READ MORE
A February 2015 report from NHTSA’s 2013-2014 survey shows a continued decline in the percentage of drivers under the influence of alcohol. In 1996, 16.9% of those surveyed had a Breath Alcohol Concentration (BrAC) greater than .05 gm/210 L, compared with a mere 8.3% in 2013-2014. One might believe from these statistics that we’re making great progress in reducing the incidence and impact of drunk driving. Wow! We cut the percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers … READ MORE
THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) is known to be the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that causes driving impairment. For years, legislators and some scientists have sought a per se level of THC in a driver’s blood that is equivalent to alcohol per se levels, .08 BAC in the United States and .05 BAC in most other countries.
The fact is that there is no level of THC in blood above which everyone is impaired, and below … READ MORE
The following was delivered to Illinois Governor Rauner’s office Tuesday, May 26, 2015:
We ask you to exercise your line item veto authority when signing HB 218, Cannabis Penalties. This bill, drafted to decriminalize marijuana, also eliminates Illinois’ ability to successfully prosecute drivers under the influence of marijuana by creating the nation’s first 15 ng/ml Δ9 THC per se law. We ask that you strike the per se provision when signing the bill into law.… READ MORE
Illinois is considering HB 218, a measure that would decriminalize marijuana. While this may be a laudable goal, HB 218 achieves its objective by throwing victims of stoned driving under the bus. Illinois currently is blessed with one of the strongest DUI-D laws in the nation, based on a defensible zero tolerance policy. HB 218 would remove THC’s zero tolerance policy and replace it with a per se standard of 15 ng/ml in blood for … READ MORE
Congress provides both incentives and threats to States to encourage them to improve highway safety. Incentives come in the form of grants to States that successfully adopt practices to reduce impaired driving either by being on the influence of alcohol or through tiredness, something that truck drivers experience all too often. This is why many fleet managers make the decision to look at a dot compliance software to help manage and control each individual driver. … READ MORE