Colorado’s legislature passed House Bill 1315 on May 10th, its last day before adjourning for the year. The bill directs the Department of Public Safety’s Office of Research and Statistics to collect, analyze and publish DUI data to advise policy makers on the causes and results of DUI in Colorado. Like many states, Colorado has a single citation for DUI irrespective of cause; alcohol, drugs, or a combination of alcohol and drugs. Therefore, current state … READ MORE
Thanks to the efforts of DUID Victim Voices supporter Stephie Mager, Nevada has a DUID per se law that establishes legal limits for several drugs including methamphetamine, amphetamine, cocaine, heroin, LSD, marijuana, and phencyclidine (Angel Dust). The blood THC limit is 2 ng/ml, very close to the limits of quantification of most forensic toxicology laboratories.
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
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