Colorado may have legalized the recreational use of marijuana for those over the age of 21, but that doesn’t mean people can get behind the wheel after smoking weed. In fact, the penalties are driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) can be quite severe — just like the penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI).
Last week, we told you about how many Coloradans are confused about the laws governing the growing of personal marijuana. After all, many people assume that since the recreational use of marijuana is now legal under Colorado law, they should be able to grow it in their backyard, right?
Not every would-be Colorado college student looks forward to the application process. Sometimes that botched ACT or SAT score can look a bit troublesome. Maybe some of those opted-for high school classes weren’t particularly challenging. Some students filling out university forms feel that they should have hit on those extracurriculars a bit more when they had the chance to do so.
The uppercase depiction of longstanding American criminal law policies imbues them with a sense of fervor and unquestioned harshness. The War on Crime. Its attendant War on Drugs.
Colorado may have legalized the recreational use of marijuana under state law, but that doesn't mean there aren't still some legal restrictions in place -- particularly when it comes to where people can grow marijuana.
If there is one activity that Colorado law enforcers clearly relish, it is putting wheels to the pavement in great numbers while focusing narrowly on one specific target.
Here is a case from outside Colorado that we submit is broadly relevant from a criminal law perspective. We note below its essential details for our readers.
Due to the enactment of Colorado House Bill 17-1315, the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice was charged with the task of collecting and analyzing specific data regarding driving under the influence (DUI) within the state.
Drivers under the age of 21 may face some serious penalties if they decide to have a few beers and get behind the wheel — even if their blood-alcohol-concentration (BAC) is below .08 percent.
It is only natural that a spotlight presently falls upon so-called sobriety checkpoints, given all the media hype recently concerning holiday-linked DUI enforcement campaigns (including in Colorado; reference our August 20 blog post on the annual The Heat is On crackdown).