Senator Calls For Federal Marijuana Standard To Measure Impaired Driving

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The current patchwork of marijuana driving policies in states across the U.S. isn’t workable, a senator said at a recent hearing, urging the establishment of a federal cannabis impairment standard. Sen. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) spoke about the issue last week during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee confirmation hearing for President Joe Biden’s nominee to serve as director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The senator brought up that the president recently signed an infrastructure bill that contained an amendment he sponsored requiring federal agencies, including the Department of Transportation, to study and issue a report on federal regulatory barriers related to studies on marijuana impaired driving. “We first legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, which I opposed in the beginning,” Hickenlooper said. “I thought there would be all kinds of increases in teenage driving, teenage consumption, frequency of use.” “We haven’t seen any of that—but we do recognize that we don’t have a good way to measure intoxication level,” he said, adding that under Colorado law, a person found to be driving with more than five nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood can be used as evidence of impairment. That policy has faced criticism from advocates who say that the standard is arbitrary and an unreliable indicator of impaired driving. “NORML—along with NHTSA, AAA, and virtually every other expert body in this field—opposes the imposition of arbitrary, criminal per se limits for those who operate a motor vehicle with trace levels of either THC or its metabolites,” NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano told Marijuana Moment. “Such standards are an unscientific and inadvisable public policy response to behavior that is already sufficiently addressed by states’ existing traffic safety laws which explicitly prohibit operating a vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance,” he said. In any…

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