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Feb 6, 2013 9:31 PM by Siera Santos, ssantos@koaa.com

Marijuana DUI bill to go to comittee on Tuesday; not all of task force in favor

The bill outlining how "high" a driver can be behind the wheel will go to committee on Tuesday.

The legal limit would be 5 nanograms of THC per liter of blood. But not everyone on the task force supports the measure.

While some say the limit isn't strict enough, others like Jason Warf are frustrated with the lack of scientific data to back that number.

"It's irresponsible for us to pull a number out of thin air and attach it to a DUI and ruin people's lives because of that," Warf said.

A major difference between a marijuana versus an alcohol DUI is the ability to fight the charge. Offenders would be allowed to go to court and argue that, at 5 nanograms, their size or tolerance level does not put them in the realm of impairment.

Warf works on the Local Authority and Control Group, a division of the marijuana task force. He says there was very little discussion before the decision was made to endorse House Bill 114.

"This was not a consensus vote by all of the members involved in all the working groups and I think it really should have been for us to come out with an endorsement," Warf said.

A similar bill was presented in the legislative session two years ago and died.

 

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