With recreational pot use being legal in Colorado, drugged driving – or driving while under the influence of marijuana – has become a big issue for law enforcement officials, as well as motorists, in the state. In fact, while drivers may be familiar with the laws regarding alcohol DUIs, when it comes to Colorado marijuana DUIs, there is far more ambiguity, especially considering the fact that some of the issues related to Colorado marijuana DUIs have yet to be legislated by state lawmakers.
To clear up some of this confusion and inform motorists so they can protect their rights, in this blog series, we will respond to some commonly asked questions about Colorado marijuana DUIs.
If you have any questions not answered herein – or if you are looking for personalized advice and the best DUI defense, don’t hesitate to contact the trusted Adams County and Boulder DUI attorneys at Peter Loyd Weber & Associates. Our skilled lawyers have the experience, insight and resources you can trust to help you bring your DUI case to a successful resolution.
Important Info about Colorado Marijuana DUIs
Q – What is the legal limit that triggers Colorado marijuana DUIs?
A – The legal limit for Colorado marijuana DUIs is 5 nanograms of THC (the psychoactive drug in marijuana) per milliliter of blood. Although this seems like a definitive number by which intoxication can be gauged, it’s important to note that different strains of marijuana and/or pot products have different potencies, making it difficult to make blanket statements/assessments such as “x number of puffs, joints or edibles will lead to marijuana intoxication.”
Q – What tests are used to assess THC levels in motorists’ bloodstreams?
A – When law enforcement officials have probable cause to suspect marijuana intoxication among motorists, they can request that these drivers submit to blood tests. Unlike alcohol DUIs, with Colorado marijuana DUIs, breath and/or urine tests will NOT be effective ways to measure drivers’ suspected intoxication.
Here, drivers should also be aware that:
- Blood tests for Colorado marijuana DUIs are NOT always accurate.
- Factors like regular marijuana use can build of motorists’ tolerance levels, meaning that 5 nanograms may not be an effective evaluator of intoxication (as regular pot users can be lucid with these levels of THC in their blood).
- If motorists end up submitting to blood tests during stops for Colorado marijuana DUIs, they should request an extra sample be taken (so that it can be independently tested later for accuracy evaluations/comparisons).
For some more important answers about Colorado marijuana DUIs, be sure to check out the additional parts of this blog series that will be posted soon – or simply contact us today.
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