Feb 242013
 February 24, 2013

Colorado HB 1114 marijuana cannabis dui duii thcFrom the Cannabis Policy Project:

THC/DUI Bill Hearing on Tuesday (2/26)

STOP THC/DUI – ATTEND THIS HEARING AND EMAIL JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

House Judiciary Committee Hearing on HB 1114

DATE: Tues., Feb. 26, 2013
TIME: 1:30pm
LOCATION: Old Supreme Court, state Capitol Building, 200 E. Colfax, Denver,
CO

Always Call in Advance to make sure hearing hasn’t been re-scheduled:
Capitol Bill Room:(303) 866-3055

Read HB-1114 and committee reports here:
http://www.leg.state.co.us/

LISTEN LIVE ONLINE
You listen online to the House Judiciary committee hearing:
http://www.coloradochannel.net/

NOTE: Most of the Reps will monitor their email during the hearing. So if
you can’t come in person, please listen live online and be ready to refute
the many lies that will be brought forth in testimony from law enforcement
and the drug rehabilitation industry. Send emails to the committee members
during the hearing while you listen live online. This is often one of the
most effective ways to have your voice heard.

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE EMAILS
repkagan@gmail.com, pete.lee.house@state.co.us,
john.buckner.house@state.co.us, lois.court.house@state.co.us,
bob.gardner.house@state.co.us, polly.lawrence.house@state.co.us,
mike.mclachlan.house@state.co.us, murrayhouse45@gmail.com,
info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com,brittany.pettersen.house@state.co.us,
joseph.salazar.house@state.co.us, jared.wright.house@state.co.us

BACKGROUND
HB1114 would declare that the presence of 5 nanogram/milliliters or more of
THC in the bloodstream of a driver would create a “permissible inference”
that the person is guilty of DUI. Under this proposed law, the mere
presence of 5 nanograms/mL of THC is enough to prove guilt, regardless of
any evidence that the person was not actually impaired.

HB1114 will require a “forced blood draw”, forcing anyone suspected of
driving under the influence of THC to submit to a blood draw forced by the
state. Currently, alcohol levels can be tested through urine, breath or
blood. But under the THC/DUI bill, the nanogram count can only come from a
forced blood draw.

***This bill is required by A64, which states “Driving under the influence
of marijuana shall remain illegal.” The groups that promoted A64 are also
-in favor- of the 5 ng limit. They spent over $2 million promoting A64, but
haven’t spent a dime to prevent this THC/DUI bill. IF YOU VOTED FOR A64,
YOU ARE REQUIRED TO CALL AND SEND LETTERS, and to have 10 OF YOUR FRIENDS
SEND PROTEST LETTERS, TOO! This bill is a direct consequence of your vote
for A64, and shows clearly why many long-time activists were against the
language of A64 from the beginning.

CALL AND EMAIL HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

Sample letter to House Judiciary Committee

Please vote no on HB1114 and do more research on the bill to set a nanogram
limit on cannabis. There is NO evidence showing a link between THC blood
concentration and impairment. Other drugs that impair people, like
oxycontin, do not have nanogram limits.

This bill is unfair to medical marijuana patients, who will almost always
be above 5 ng due to constant use, yet suffer no impairment in driving
skills.

Medical cannabis patients in Colorado are SICK of being treated like second
class citizens! If you want to give them forced blood draws, you will have
to show some evidence that there is actually a problem. Please at least
include an exemption for medical marijuana patients in this bill.

COPY AND PASTE EMAILS:
repkagan@gmail.com, pete.lee.house@state.co.us,
john.buckner.house@state.co.us, lois.court.house@state.co.us,
bob.gardner.house@state.co.us, polly.lawrence.house@state.co.us,
mike.mclachlan.house@state.co.us, murrayhouse45@gmail.com,
info@cannabistherapyinstitute.com,brittany.pettersen.house@state.co.us,
joseph.salazar.house@state.co.us, jared.wright.house@state.co.us

COLORADO HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

Chairman
Representative Daniel Kagan (D)
District: 3
Occupation: Legislator
Counties: Arapahoe
Phone: 303-866-2921
E-mail: repkagan@gmail.com

Vice-Chairman
Rep. Sanford E “Pete” Lee (D)
District: 18
Counties: El Paso
Occupation: Attorney/Businessman
Phone: 303-866-2932
E-mail: pete.lee.house@state.co.us

John W. Buckner (D)
District: 40
Counties: Arapahoe
Occupation: Retired Educator
Phone: 303-866-2944
E-mail: john.buckner.house@state.co.us

Lois Court (D)
District: 6
Counties: Denver
Occupation: Community College Instructor/Legislator
Phone: 303-866-2967
E-mail: lois.court.house@state.co.us

Bob Gardner (R)
District: 21
Counties: El Paso, Fremont
Occupation: Attorney
Phone: 303-866-2191
E-mail: bob.gardner.house@state.co.us

Polly Lawrence (R)
District: 39
Counties: Douglas, Teller
Occupation: Construction Contracts Manager
Phone: 303-866-2935
E-mail: polly.lawrence.house@state.co.us

Mike McLachlan (D)
District: 59
Counties: Archuleta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, La Plata, Ouray, San Juan
Occupation: Lawyer
Phone: 303-866-2914
E-mail: mike.mclachlan.house@state.co.us

Carole Murray (R)
District: 45
Counties: Douglas
Occupation: Retired
Phone: 303-866-2948
E-mail: murrayhouse45@gmail.com

Brittany Pettersen (D)
District: 28
Counties: Jefferson
Occupation: Legislator
Phone: 303-866-2939
E-mail: brittany.pettersen.house@state.co.us

Joseph A. Salazar (D)
District: 31
Counties: Adams
Occupation: Civil Rights Attorney / Professor
Phone: 303-866-2918
E-mail: joseph.salazar.house@state.co.us

Jared Wright (R)
District: 54
Counties: Delta, Mesa
Occupation: Self Employed/Consultant
Phone: 303-866-2583
E-mail: jared.wright.house@state.co.us

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  • Johnny Bloomington

    What? This wasn’t a part of A64. It was in washingtons deal. This bill is BS.

  • Choom Gang

    “NOTHING IN THIS SECTION IS INTENDED TO ALLOW DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF MARIJUANA OR DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED BY MARIJUANA …”

    5ng of TCH does not prove impairment. I defy them to prove anyone with only 5ng of THC will “cause” them to fail a driving test. They are the ones claiming that 5ng will “impair” people, therefore logic dictates they must prove their claim.
    But the word influence kinda gives them wiggle room to justify; just about anything.

    I suggest we all read A64 tonight and be ready to email them tomorrow.
    Full text
    http://www.regulatemarijuana.org/s/regulate-marijuana-alcohol-act-2012

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.esswein Andrew Esswein

    If they want to test drivers for cannabis use, they need to develop a more accurate way to test people who’ve used cannabis in the past 4 hours. If they test for 5ng in your blood, the body holds on to THC much longer then alcohol.

    One question on my mind is what level of THC is in me the day after I smoke. How much THC is in me 4 hours after I smoke.