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Too Stoned to Drive Bill Passes First Hurdle in State Legislature

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When I saw this headline this morning, I was reminded of how often I drive below the speed limit. Marijuana can cause slowed reaction time.  Sometimes my ‘pokiness’ is due to road or weather conditions or it’s dark on my way to work, or most often, I’m just a little old gray haired lady doing my best to get where I’m going, safely.  I stay on the back roads whenever possible, but can I now expect to be pulled over by a cop who suspects I’m too stoned to drive?  I don’t envy lawmakers or peace officers as our state tries to figure out how to regulate marijuana like alcohol. How do you tell if someone is too stoned to drive?

A bill defining how high is too high to be behind the wheel of a car has cleared the initial hurdle after it was passed unanimously by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. House Bill 1114, sponsored by House Minority Leader Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, and state Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, sets the legal limit for driving under the influence of marijuana

The Denver Post story keeps us up to date on what’s happening now that pot is legal in Colorado.

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