Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Call To Action: Legislation in Committee TODAY, February 5, 2019. House Bill 317 “Drugged Driving Penalties” is Scheduled for HOUSE CONSUMER & PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE



Call To Action: Legislation in Committee TODAY, February 5, 2019. House Bill 317 “Drugged Driving Penalties” is Scheduled for HOUSE CONSUMER & PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE at 1:30 p.m. - State Capitol Building in Room 317

This bill creates cannabis DUI, from Page 3 Line 11:
“(7) for the active compound in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, five nanograms per milliliter of blood;”

This is an arbitrary proposal with the use of metabolite concentration to determine DUI for cannabis (THC, dissolves in fat, whereas alcohol dissolves in water). The proposed law states a person would get a DUI, “for the active compound in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, five nanograms per milliliter of blood”. Marilyn Huestis, who headed the chemistry and drug metabolism section at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, conducted a study finding that when a smoker's blood THC level peaks at 13 nanograms per milliliter, that could be just as a dangerous as driving drunk.


For patients in the state’s medical cannabis program, they would potentially be in jeopardy of DUI even without medicating with cannabis prior to driving due to residual levels of cannabis in a person’s system.


Please ask the Committee To Vote NO and Do Not Pass HB-317

House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee Members (3 Democrats / 2 Republicans)
  • Representative Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson (D) (Chair) Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4425 Email: liz.thomson@nmlegis.gov
  • Representative Andrea Romero (D) (Vice Chair) Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4254 Email: andrea@andrearomero.com
  • Representative Candy Spence Ezzell (R) (Member)  Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4454 Email: csecows@aol.com
  • Representative Angelica Rubio (D) (Member)  Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4227 Email: angelica.rubio@nmlegis.gov
  • Representative Gregg Schmedes (R) (Member) Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4453 Email: gregg.schmedes@nmlegis.gov

Related Article: 
"Cannabis Use and What is “Impairment”?"





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