HB 1114 passed unanimously out of the House Judiciary Committee on 2/26/13, and passed the House Appropriations Committee on 4/1/13.
*** Your calls and emails are needed NOW! The next step will be two votes of the full Colorado House of Representatives, called Second Reading and Third Reading. These votes will probably take place this week, so send your emails NOW.***
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.
CALL AND EMAIL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Sample letter to House Representatives
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.
<Your Name Here>
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LISTEN ONLINE TO FLOOR DEBATE
No more public comment will be taken when the House debates the bill, but you can listen to the floor debate online.
Check here for the House Calendar to see when HB-1114 is scheduled to be debated on Second Reading:
You listen online to the House debate when it is scheduled:
***You can email the Representatives during the floor debate on any issues they are discussing. Even though there is no opportunity for public comment, most of the Reps. do monitor their email while the floor debate is going on, so your emails during the debate will have an impact.***