Colorado's state's Senate Committee okay'd a proposal yesterday that would set 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood for marijuana as a "scientific standard" for a per se guilty DUI. But just as with practically ever other marijuana issue on the books, opinions on the DUI law vary from person to person and group to group. Will this proposal become law, and if it does, what does it mean for medical marijuana patients in Colorado?
In early January, United States Attorney John Walsh issued threatening letters to 23 Colorado dispensaries in close proximity to schools, advising them to move or risk forfeiture. The letters gave the business-owners, who were otherwise operating legally under state law, 45 days to move. Today was the final day, and according to all accounts, dispensaries have begrudgingly complied.
Activists in Colorado protested outside of an Obama campaign office in Lakewood yesterday, hoping to draw attention to the President's uncompromising war on marijuana. The Colorado Independent reports that protesters lined the streets, still angry with the recent letters from U.S. Attorney John Walsh threatening to close legally-operating medical marijuana dispensaries in the area.
Earlier this month, the "Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol" campaign fell nearly 2,500 signatures short of the 86,000 needed to qualify for the November 2012 ballot in the state. StopTheDrugWar.org reports today that proponents of the initiative today turned in an additional (and impressive) 12,000 voter signatures - 9,600 more than they needed to make the cut.