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
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. The national DUI alcohol per se standard came from a threat to reduce highway funding if States did not adopt a .08 BAC standard. These incentives and threats are codified in 23 US Code ¶405.
Incentives are written to address impaired driving, but all … READ MORE