Colorado bill to expand scope of DUI convictions approved by House

A month ago, our blog featured an article about proposed legislation working its way through the Colorado State Assembly which would expand the definition of ‘driving under the influence.

If bill HB 1261 is approved, police officers could pursue a DUI conviction in west palm not only on the basis of alcohol, but also in any case where more than five nanograms of THC-the main active ingredient in marijuana-are detected in a driver’s bloodstream.

Last week, HB 1261 passed a vote in the Colorado House of Representatives after several long and controversial discussions. If the bill is approved by the Senate, it will go before the governor who may officially sign it into law. Once this bill becomes law, police officers can begin prosecuting drivers for using too much marijuana before getting on the road, or being too ‘high’ to drive.

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