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
Colorado has a single statute number for DUI, regardless of cause: alcohol, drugs, or a combination of alcohol and drugs. Because of that, the State Judicial Branch has no way of telling how many of Colorado’s approximately 25,000 annual DUIs are actually DUIDs.
Many law enforcement officers are able to distinguish between DUIs and DUIDs, and they are getting better at it all the time. The Colorado State Patrol, Larimer County, the cities of Denver … READ MORE
DUID Victim Voices has completed its pilot study of 2012 vehicular homicides and vehicular assaults in Colorado. Defendants in most of those cases (83%) were also charged with DUI. This provides an excellent data source to measure the proportion of DUIDs in Colorado’s DUI citations. The results of the study were presented today to the Colorado Task Force on Drunk and Impaired Driving. See the entire presentation here. CTFDID PPT
Key findings of the study … READ MORE
We just returned from making a presentation at the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences in Woods Hole, MA last Thursday.
The presentation was entitled Colorado’s Marijuana “Experiment” and its Effect on DUI Marijuana.
Attached is a copy of the summary of the presentation that the meeting organizer plans to publish in the meeting circular. TRB paper
Here are some highlights:
- DUI-Marijana is likely far more common than many have realized,
Friday, March 28, 2014, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment (CDPHE) hosted a town hall meeting on medical marijuana. Dr. Larry Wolk, the department’s chief medical officer announced that doctors will now be required to provide more documentation to support any recommendation for more than 6 marijuana plants per patient.
Some castigated Wolk for demanding justification for more than 6 marijuana plants per patient. Others are relieved to see what appears to be some … READ MORE