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Law enforcement expecting marijuana DUI cases to rise

Critics of the bill explained that the proposed limit was too strict given how trace amounts could show up in a person's blood even though they were no longer under the influence of marijuana.

Opponents also were concerned about the lack of readily available (and reliable) testing methods to detect THC use. While workplaces use different tests to find marijuana, they do not work as quickly as similar tests for alcohol (e.g. breath tests). Blood tests are commonly used to discover the amount of THC in a person's system, which brings about a number of questions regarding a driver's actual THC level at the time of arrest compared to such levels at the time of the test.

Essentially, THC levels can fall drastically from the time a driver ingests marijuana to when a test is administered. Without a test to quickly assess THC levels, police officers are left with their observations to charge drivers with a drug related DUI.

Nevertheless, law enforcement agencies expect drugged driving cases to rise, and the legislature will likely attempt to pass marijuana-based DUI standards once again.

Source:, With marijuana legal in Colorado and Washington, police worry about stoned driving, November 15, 2012

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