Maine Considers Pot OUI Testing
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Lawmakers are tackling a bill today that would allow police to test drivers for operating under the influence of marijuana. More specifically the amout of THC, the plant’s active ingredient, a driver has consumed. The bill would set a blood-level limit that’s modeled on alcohol blood-level limits. This allows cops to use new breath-testing equipment as it’s developed, similar to a breathalyzer.
The bill makes driving under the influence of marijuana at a level of 5-nanograms or more a criminal offense. Colorado also uses a 5-nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood standard. Washington uses a standard of 25-nanograms. Illinois is looking to set a 15-nanograms per milliliter level.
Opponents say alcohol and marijuana should not be treated the same in judging whether a driver is impaired. They say pot smokers can built up a tolerance to THC. 5-nanograms may not impair the user at all. THC levels also stay in a users bloodstream days after marijuana was ingested. The bill also doesn't address how cops should deal with medical marijuana patients.
Under the bill the repercussions for driving under the influence of marijuana is the same as driving under the influence of alcohol..