‘D-U-High’ bill fails in Colorado state Senate

By Kay Steiger
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 18:01 EDT
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The Colorado state Senate rejected a bill Tuesday that would have created a blood alcohol limit for marijuana use for drivers. The so-called “D-U-High” bill, which would have banned drivers with more than 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood, failed to break a tie of 17-17 in the Senate’s special session, according to the Associated Press.

The bill (PDF), which aims to put the same standards in place for marijuana users that are already in place for alcohol users, passed the Colorado House late Monday, but failed to make it through the Senate. The bill was also introduced and failed by a single vote during Colorado’s regular legislative session.

Opponents of the bill doubted the its efficacy. “I don’t think it’ll make our roads any safer,” argued Democratic Sen. Pat Steadman to the AP.

According to Colorado’s 9 News, one state senator who was absent during the vote Tuesday, Sen. Nancy Spence, voted for the bill during the regular session.

[Police cruiser stops vehicle via Anne Kitzman / Shutterstock.com]

Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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