4/20, Boulder and driving under influence of weed: Three arrests, crash into cop car

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Opponents of a bill to set THC driving limits got a big boost after a blood test of Westword medical marijuana critic William Breathes showed he was nearly three times over the proposed limit when sober. But while the legislation has been put on hold, it's not dead -- and those in favor of it have three new incidents in Boulder on 4/20 to cite, including one allegedly involving a stoned teenager crashing into a patrol car.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, a seventeen-year-old with a poor sense of time was on the road at 3:43 p.m. -- more than half an hour before the traditional 4:20 p.m. group inhale -- when he drove into a Boulder County Sheriff's vehicle.

The deputy assigned to the car wasn't hurt in the accident -- because he was outside, directing 4/20 traffic at the time. As for the teen, who reportedly admitted to having attended CU's 4/20 celebration and smoking marijuana there, didn't sustain a serious injury, either, although he was transported to the hospital due to what the Camera describes as "issues related to marijuana use" -- whatever that means. Police said he would be ticketed for reckless driving and driving under the influence.

He wasn't alone. The Boulder Police blotter for April 20 lists two more similar busts.

In the first, an eighteen-year-old was spotted driving the wrong way on a one-way street -- and after cops "noticed a marijuana odor coming from the car," the driver is said to have admitted smoking two bowls' worth.

The second incident? An eighteen-year-old was in a car stopped in traffic. He claimed to officers that it wouldn't start -- but even if the engine had turned over, he wouldn't have been able to go anywhere. Police smelled weed, he allegedly admitted having toked, and cops arrested him and took him to Boulder County Jail.

A prudent response? Or an excessive reaction? No doubt the debate will continue.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Medical marijuana: THC driving limits sponsor voted for one standard, prefers different one."

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Brandon Marx
Brandon Marx

The reason that 18 year old got arrested is that he was Driving Under Influence. We hear these kind of cases almost every week.Don't know where this is going.

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CRIPOG

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BadIdea
BadIdea

What kind of message are we sending to our children with things called "Coors Field"?

Toosmart4TheirOwngood
Toosmart4TheirOwngood

I think what this shows is that there is no need for additional legislation related to impaired driving. Obviously there were laws on the books that allowed the officers involved in these incidents to arrest the offenders. These drivers were impaired and were arrested for it. Why do we need a per se law that targets MMJ patients. These examples are exactly the situations where people should be arrested, if you are too fucked up to drive you should be arrested. If you aren't then you are fine, no arbitrary number is going to make that determination when you are dealing with a chemical like THC which is metabolized so differently from alcohol.

Wwwss420
Wwwss420

I am curious if these kids who were arrested, showed their mmj cards or was this mmj at all or just street marijuana. We will never know because they will hide those facts from us because the kids will have their cases sealed for child privacy. Too bad! Eat more cannabis is what I say.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Very interesting post, Toosmart4TheirOwngood. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

Ecodude
Ecodude

Indeed, I agree with KaDargo. 10,000 kids toking up and we have 3 non-violent incidents? Oh the horror.

Meanwhile, drunk and disorderly behavior has been normalized on college campuses and extreme drinking has been ritualized.

I still remember the CU-West Virginia game where, over the course of the game, 65 people were ejected from Folsom Field for alcohol related violations and fighting. It was really ugly.

Then there was the St. Patty’s day party on University Hill this year where 500 drunk people turned into a rioting mob, hurling beer bottles and obscenities at the cops - an evening that ended with a fatal shooting.

And don’t even get me started on the recent report that 500,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 sustain alcohol related injuries, resulting in 1400 deaths, each and every year.

But hey, we have no problem with changing the name of the CU Events Center to “Coors Events Center”, because we all know that alcohol is our friend, and weed is the devil, and these 3 non-violent incidents will carry a disproportionate weight of herculean size with the prohibitionists and those who want to incarcerate patients.

Honestly, the societal hypocrisy surrounding this subject just blows my ever lovin’ mind.

KaDargo
KaDargo

3 arrests out of 10,000 people? That ain't bad considering how many get arrested after sporting events where alcohol is severed. But, I guess that's old news since we are all used to it. I think we should reinstate prohibition on alcohol.

Don
Don

Obviously, prohibiting substances doesn't work. Making more things illegal is not going to help, Einstein.

Chris
Chris

Huh, I hate to do this but I will point out their ages as well. Legalization and regulation might be a better thing? Keep it out of the hands of underage users more easily? I know, I will probably get lambasted for this but it is a valid point I think.

KaDargo
KaDargo

I agree. Children should not be anywhere tobacco, alcohol, or cannabis! But, cannabis is by far the less harmful of the 3...

Agreed
Agreed

The first two kill people.

Dangles419
Dangles419

I was right next to the first one and uh, it was pretty bad. I have no idea how he didnt see the barricade of flashing lights hahaha.

anonymouse
anonymouse

All of these drivers were arrested for driving under the influence. Why do we need this new law again?

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

How many alcohol related accents will we get on a drinking holiday like the 4th of July or after the super bowl or for that matter on a Friday night? Or on a normal day with sober drivers? And it's about the government taking your blood which is unconstitutional so keep a watch don't let the Levy's, Waller's, King's of this state violate your constitutional rights.

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