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Mar112011

Colorado Targeting Pot Smokers on the Road

Doug Menuez/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would measure the THC content of the blood of drivers they suspect of having smoked marijuana before getting behind the wheel of a car.

THC is the psychoactive ingredient in pot that makes users stoned.

Lawmakers Thursday debated the merits of the legislation that would charge motorists with driving under the influence if they test positive for five nanograms or more of THC.

If the bill passes, Colorado would become one of the few states with a benchmark that determines if a pot smoker is too impaired to drive.

Those opposed to the measure are advocates of medical marijuana, which is legal in Colorado.  They say the law would lead to the arrests of people who need the drug to treat serious medical conditions.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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