Here's the thing about legalizing pot — how do you stop people from driving when there isn't a good way of testing like breathalyzers do for alcohol? How do you convey to someone that they're "too high" to drive, when it isn't really quantifiable?
It's just super hard to determine whether or not someone is too high to drive because different amounts of THC, the active chemical in weed, affect people differently. Active THC is measured in nanograms per milliliter in the blood, and Washington state has set the driving limit to 5 nanograms per milliliter. That level was also brought to Colorado legislature last session, but didn't pass.
They have a tough call on their hands, and the committee formed by the government only has two months to figure it out. All of the new laws and regulations will go in effect in July, afterwards.
One way to look at it is this, Colorado: you were just given a huge win. Don't throw it away by smoking then driving, that would be super stupid. Just don't even do it, and whatever they come up with as far as "too high to drive" won't even matter — because you'll be avoiding it anyway!
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