Reporter’s Blood Helps Gut “THC DUI” Bill in Colorado

A Denver Westword medical marijuana reviewer played a role in the apparent overhaul of Colorado’s first-ever law to limit stoned driving when he used his own blood to demonstrate the fallacy of the proposed law’s limits.

On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to gut HB 11-1261, the “THC DUI” bill. The Committee decided the issue needed more study, amending the bill to remove all the language about a THC DUI limit.

The proposed study still needs several more final approvals, but Kathleen Chippi at the Cannabis Therapy Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado said in an e-mail Tuesday that patient advocates had “scored a victory.” Chippi also saluted the activist journalism efforts of Westword pot reviewer William Breathes, whose blood became proof positive on the committee floor Monday.

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