Monday, May 9, 2011

Bill limiting THC count in drivers' blood is back from the dead

Posted By on Mon, May 9, 2011 at 2:22 PM

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Though the Senate Judiciary Committee previously added language to House Bill 1261 that mandated further study before it could take effect, the Appropriations Committee took the study language back out, meaning the bill is back where it was when it passed the full House — limiting medical marijuana drivers to 5 nanograms of THC in their blood.

Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, confirmed in an e-mail to the Cannabis Therapy Institute that it was back on: "It is true. They pulled out the amendment we put on in Judiciary; it is back to the original bill and it appears we do not have the votes (in the Senate) to kill it."

The legislative session ends Wednesday, so any passage would need to occur before then. Senate Majority Leader John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, says all Senate-initiated bills will be dealt with today and tomorrow, and all House-initiated bills will be voted on tomorrow and Wednesday.

Basically, it could be a long beginning to the week for all of us. Look for any developments in this story in this space, and a recap of legislative business in this week's Independent.

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