THC driving limits bill killed by Senate in "huge victory for patients nationwide"

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Senator Morgan Carroll saw the passage of HB 1261, a bill to set THC driving standards, as inevitable despite evidence like medical marijuana critic William Breathes's blood test showing he was nearly triple the proposed 5 nanogram per milliliter of blood standard even when sober. Nonetheless, the bill died in the Senate yesterday amid a series of surprising political maneuvers.

Cannabis Therapy Institute's Laura Kriho credits advocates like Corey Donahue, who's part of an organization called Crazy for Justice, for helping doom the bill. In a statement, she notes that "Corey spent the whole day down at the Capitol... trying to educate the senators. His effort was an enormous help." She adds, "The Senate got pressure from everywhere."

Of course, much of the lobbying came from supporters of the bill -- particularly members of the law enforcement community, as Carroll noted in an interview yesterday. Last month, the judiciary committee she chairs had put HB 1261 on hold, arguing that further study was needed to determine if the 5 nanogram standard, or any standard, made sense given the variety of ways THC impacts (and lingers in) the system. But the appropriations committee, nudged by those law enforcement backers, stripped out the study language on Friday, and notable Democratic defections convinced Carroll that the bill would sail through second and third readings in the full Senate en route to passage.

But no: According to Kriho, delays in the initial vote gave lobbyists like Donahue more of an opportunity to convince Senators on the fence about HB 1261 that the bill was fatally flawed. Shortly thereafter, the Senate adopted the judiciary committee's study recommendation by voice vote.

A scramble followed, with senators Steve King and Becky Boyd pushing an amendment to reverse the previous vote. That prompted a roll call -- and the amendment went down by a 20 to 15 count.

In Kriho's words, the result is "a huge victory for patients, who fought to uphold their rights with hundreds of letters and phone calls." She asks supporters to contact their elected representatives again -- this time to thank them for standing against legislation that Carroll says "isn't ready for prime time."

More from our Marijuana archive: "THC driving limits could cause more innocent people to spend months in jail, attorney says."



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Kwame
Kwame

Becky Boyd = Devil Pig Woman . Seriously, google image search her.

Patient
Patient

Thank you, CTI, for getting this successful campaign going on Sunday!

meh
meh

gimmie a list of who voted in favor of 1261, please.

Patient
Patient

Credit goes to Breathes, Corey is a nutjob. Dont give any money to these crackpot activists, there is a reason that no dispensaries will work with them. Kriho and the Westword spin machine in full effect today.

CTI
CTI

This is from the AP Article that went nationally:"Medical marijuana advocates launched a strong campaign against the bill, lining in up to testify every time it had a public hearing. They argued that medical marijuana users would be subjected to blood draws and said that would be a violation of their privacy. On Monday, they handed out flyers that included the home address and phone number of one of the sponsors of the bill, Sen. Betty Boyd, D-Lakewood. They said if medical marijuana users had no privacy, then "Sen. Boyd gets no privacy."

CTI SUPPORTERS: This is your NATIONAL PAT ON THE BACK. THANKS to everyone that took the time to testify, email and make phone calls:

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

May 9, 2011 Aguilar, Irene (D)Denver, Jefferson303-866-4852irene.aguilar.senate@state.co.us Brophy, Greg (R)Cheyenne, Elbert, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Prowers, Sedwick, Washington, Yuma303-866-6360greg@gregbrophy.net Cadman, Bill (R)El Paso303-866-2737bill.cadman.senate@state.co.us Carroll, Morgan (D)Aurora303-866-4879morgan.carroll.senate@state.co.us Foster, Joyce (D)Arapahoe, Denver303-866-4875joyce.foster.senate@state.co.us Giron, Angela (D)Pueblo303-866-4878angela.giron.senate@state.co.us Guzman, Lucia (D)Denver303-866-4862lucia.guzman.senate@state.co.us Harvey, Ted (R)Douglas303-866-4881ted.harvey.senate@state.co.us Hudak, Evie (D)Jefferson303-866-4840senatorhudak@gmail.com Jahn, Cheri (D)Jefferson303-866-4856cheri.jahn.senate@state.co.us Kopp, Mike (R)Jefferson303-866-4859mike.kopp.senate@state.co.us Lundberg, Kevin (R)Larimer303-866-4853kevin@kevinlundberg.com Mitchell, Shawn (R)Adams, Broomfield, Weld303-866-4876shawnmitch@aol.com Morse, John (D)El Paso303-866-6364john.morse.senate@state.co.us Nicholson, Jeanne (D)Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Summit303-866-4873jeanne.nicholson.senate@state.co.us Schwartz, Gail (D)Alamosa, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mineral, Pitkin, Rio Grande Saguache303-866-4871gail.schwartz.senate@gmail.com Spence, Nancy (R)Arapahoe303-866-4883nancyjspence@gmail.com Steadman, Pat (D)Adams, Denver303-866-4861pat.steadman.senate@state.co.us White, Jean (R)Eagle, Garfield, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt303-866-5292jean.white.senate@state.co.us Williams, Suzanne (D)Arapahoe303-866-3432suzanne.williams.senate@state.co.us

Guest
Guest

Everyone that reached out to politicians to express concern for this bill....thank you! And many thanks to all politicians that listened to these concerns and voted against this bill. Medical marjuana users (and illegal rec users), please continue to be responsible and don't drive if "impaired" by ANY substance.

CTI
CTI

SENATORS WHO VOTED TO KILL HB1261 (THC/DUI)

May 9, 2011

Aguilar, Irene (D)

Denver, Jefferson

303-866-4852

irene.aguilar.senate@state.co.us

Brophy, Greg (R)

Cheyenne,Elbert, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan,Morgan, Phillips, Prowers, Sedwick, Washington, Yuma

303-866-6360

greg@gregbrophy.net

Cadman, Bill (R)

El Paso

303-866-2737

bill.cadman.senate@state.co.us

Carroll, Morgan (D)

Aurora

303-866-4879

morgan.carroll.senate@state.co.us

Foster, Joyce (D)

Arapahoe, Denver

303-866-4875

joyce.foster.senate@state.co.us

Giron, Angela (D)

Pueblo

303-866-4878

angela.giron.senate@state.co.us

Guzman, Lucia (D)

Denver

303-866-4862

lucia.guzman.senate@state.co.us

Harvey, Ted (R)

Douglas

303-866-4881

ted.harvey.senate@state.co.us

Hudak, Evie (D)

Jefferson

303-866-4840

senatorhudak@gmail.com

Jahn, Cheri (D)

Jefferson

303-866-4856

cheri.jahn.senate@state.co.us

Kopp, Mike (R)

Jefferson

303-866-4859

mike.kopp.senate@state.co.us

Lundberg, Kevin (R)

Larimer

303-866-4853

kevin@kevinlundberg.com

Mitchell, Shawn (R)

Adams, Broomfield, Weld

303-866-4876

shawnmitch@aol.com

Morse, John (D)

El Paso

303-866-6364

john.morse.senate@state.co.us

Nicholson, Jeanne (D)

Boulder, ClearCreek, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Summit

303-866-4873

jeanne.nicholson.senate@state.co.us

Schwartz, Gail (D)

Alamosa, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale,Mineral, Pitkin, Rio GrandeSaguache

303-866-4871

gail.schwartz.senate@gmail.com

Spence, Nancy (R)

Arapahoe

303-866-4883

nancyjspence@gmail.com

Steadman, Pat (D)

Adams, Denver

303-866-4861

pat.steadman.senate@state.co.us

White, Jean (R)

Eagle, Garfield,Jackson, Moffat, RioBlanco, Routt

303-866-5292

jean.white.senate@state.co.us

Williams, Suzanne (D)

Arapahoe

303-866-3432

suzanne.williams.senate@state.co.us

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Robert
Robert

I'm not sure what part telling Senators they'd have no privacy if they voted for the bill played, but I am glad it's dead!

Ecodude
Ecodude

Does anyone have a list of, or a link to the voting record? I'm sure the MMJ community would like to know the names of the 20 senators who were on the right side of history yesterday.

Robert
Robert

It's above, but don't thank Senators Steadman, Nicholson, or Giron -- they just voted to tell the DEA where every caregiver in Colorado grows medicine!

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

"There's a fine line between genius and insanity

Is one I often tread so patiently

While pigs and ghouls would always try to knock the door"

michigan
michigan

The only spin is that the westword printed the only press release they got on this bill.

Your either happy today or you dumbfounded, like Suthers,

Your an ignorant, sore loser
Your an ignorant, sore loser

Why in the name of god would you use the title patient and then try to bash the group who just saved your ass (and everyone's) from a forced blood draw?

If MMC's don't work with CTI, they obviously don't care about the patients any more than you do. And if yor campaigning for people to not donate to local activists, apparently that won't work, because this was accomplished without money-- it cost 5 months of unpaid time---conversations with legislators and getting the word out in the community.

I'm sure you must be afraid of what the local activists could get done if they had 1/10th of the money the DoR got to put MMC's and caregivers out of business. And good riddance, via the DoR and law enforcement to whatever MMC applicant your connected to, you loser. You were in the process of losing your customer base and bash the people who saved your ass.....

Robert
Robert

Your analysis is flawed, to say the least -- fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

Robert
Robert

Interesting -- in judging what tactics to use, one should always bear in mind the adage that any publicity is good publicity.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Sorry about the format here are all the senators that voted against this bill. Email them and thank them we can make the cannabis community a political force.

Guest
Guest

"please continue to be responsible and don't drive if "impaired" by ANY substance. "

That includes you too, High Country Caregiver.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

CTI, thanks for sharing this information. Much appreciated.

Robert
Robert

Please see below. Don't support Senators Steadman, Nicholson, and Giron, who voted for the unconstitutional registration of caregivers (HB11-1043) last Friday.

JCG
JCG

You can always go to http://www.leg.state.co.us/, click on "Current Regular Session Information", and enter the bill number. A link to the votes will pop up.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

1284, 1043, and any other VOLUNTARY marijuana registration requirements all go against Amendment 20 which is the only tried and tested law of the land. If you don't like the current marijuana laws, just wait til the wind blows.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

I believe you could have refused the blood draw in lieu of per se DUI, so it's not exactly forced, like they strap you down alien style.

Robert
Robert

Hold on here -- while it makes sense to thank Senators who voted against HB11-1261, we should not be supporting any Senator who voted for HB11-1043 (the unconstitutional registration of caregivers) on the Appropriations Committee, i.e. Steadman, Nicholson, or Giron -- these three are enemies of our Constitution. Senators K. King and Lambert voted for HB11-1261, but against HB11-1043, which might be considered of greater import (but for the fact that they constituted a minority -- the two certainly cannot be considered allies though).

JCG
JCG

It actually doesn't look like it's been updated yet. Give it a day, and try again. We should definitely be thanking the Senators that stood up for patients and logic!

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