Next Up for States With Legal Pot: Driving Rules

November 16, 2012

It’s settled. Pot is legal in Washington and Colorado. But how much is too much to drive?

That’s what officials are trying to figure out, and it isn’t as easy as measuring a driver’s blood alcohol content.

Marijuana stays in the system long after its side effects wear off. And there is no widely available test to determine whether someone is driving while impaired.

Lawmakers in Colorado, which also allows medical marijuana, have failed to set a driving limit for THC – the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. They say they’ll try again next year.

Washington’s marijuana law sets a driving-while-intoxicated limit for THC. But that standard already is being criticized as arbitrary.

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Latest Comments

  • November 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm
    Keep It Simple says:
    This doesn't seem to present much of a problem. The tests for driving under the influence of marijuana should be no different than before passage of the law.
  • November 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm
    Far out, maaaan says:
    Isn't the BAC level arbitrary also? Gotta come up with something...or should people just stay home?

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