The state of Colorado has made marijuana legal for medical use under certain circumstances, but state lawmakers are still debating laws regarding driving under the influence of marijuana. If you’ve been arrested for DUID or marijuana possession, you need the expert advice of a Colorado criminal defense attorney.
According to a recent news article in the Denver Post by reporter John Ingold, Colorado policy makers are currently debating what level of marijuana impairment would constitute a DUID in the state. At the conclusion of the panel, experts will recommend policies to the state justice commission regarding driving under the influence of marijuana.
Ever since cannabis has been made legal in Colorado for medical card holders, state lawmakers have been debating whether or not to institute legal limits for THC (the active component in cannabis) in the bloodstream for drivers, much like the current BAC levels for DUI. The current limit for blood alcohol content in Colorado is 0.08% for drivers over 21, and lawmakers are considering whether setting a similar level of the psychoactive chemical THC would be in the best interests of the public.
In many DUI cases, a Colorado DUI defense attorney will challenge BAC tests to get charges dismissed. This defense strategy is not as effective in most DUID or driving under the influence of drug cases because any measurable amount of THC in the bloodstream is grounds for a criminal charge. The panel debated whether or not attorneys would simply challenge new laws in a similar strategy.
Individuals who are arrested and charged with driving under the influence of marijuana need a Colorado criminal defense attorney with experience defending clients against drug charges and DUI. An attorney with knowledge of Colorado’s changing medical marijuana laws will be able to help clients who have a medical marijuana card but are still facing drug charges in the state.