When House Bill 1261, which would have set THC driving limits, was killed on Monday, many people -- including most of the bill's supporters, and just about all of its opponents -- were surprised. John Suthers, Colorado Attorney General and medical marijuana dispensary foe was outright angry.
In fact, he sent out a press release and decried the Senate's leadership in allowing the bill to die despite widespread support. The bill would have set the driving limit at five nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood, even though Westword pot critic William Breathes had a level nearly three times that when sober.
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Yesterday, Suthers fired off a release noting that HB 1261 had been recommended by the bipartisan Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice and that the five nanogram threshold would have been the highest for states with a THC driving limit. Here's Suthers's full statement:
It is dumbfounding that the Colorado Senate could fail to pass a per se marijuana bill. There are approximately 125,000 Coloradans authorized by state law to use medical marijuana plus countless others who use the drug without state authorization. As the chief law enforcement officer of the state and a former district attorney, I have seen the damage people driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol can inflict. The Senate's vote yesterday exhibited not only a lack of concern for the safety of Colorado drivers and pedestrians, but also an inability to lead.
The fact that some senators were succumbing to pressure from the marijuana industry while others may have been concerned the per-se limit was too high is no excuse for complete inaction on such a critical public safety issue. This is yet another public policy failure by the General Assembly to enact appropriate marijuana policies in Colorado."
Suthers said he hoped that lawmakers would take up the THC/DUI issue again in next year's legislative session.
Pot critic William Breathes tested three times over the proposed THC limit -- when sober! Read his account here.