Colorado Congressman Jared Polis recently introduced a piece of legislation aimed at establishing federal guidelines for stoned driving.
According to a press release, the Limiting Unsafe Cannabis-Impaired Driving (LUCID) Act would initiate a nationwide standard used to shield the average citizen against the perils of motorists traveling under the influence of marijuana. Ultimately, the measure would serve to amend the federal definition of impaired driving to include impairment caused by marijuana.
Congressman Polis says the bill is about ensuring the safety of the public while demanding responsibility from marijuana users. “As more and more states follow the will of their citizens and implement regulations to treat marijuana like alcohol, it is vital that we keep our roads safe and save lives by updating our driving under the influence laws,” he said.
“The LUCID Act creates a single federal standard that will protect the public from impaired drivers and train law enforcement officials to effectively identify offenders. I encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to work quickly to advance this legislation and keep impaired drivers, no matter what impaired them, off the road.”
Several lawmakers stand in support of Polis’ legislation, citing the importance of instilling strict, universal guidelines for intoxicated driving across the board. "It is imperative that with the likelihood of the majority of states in the union moving toward legalizing the use of either medical or recreational marijuana or both, that all states adopt robust legislation to prevent and deter driving under the influence of marijuana,” said Tom Raynes, Executive Director of the Colorado District Attorneys' Council.
Ashley Kasprzak, Executive Director of Team Fort Collins, a teen drug and alcohol prevention resource, says her organization supports Congressman Polis’ determination in addressing what they believe is an important issue. “As an organization dedicated to reducing the negative results of substance abuse, Team Fort Collins applauds any effort to put forth meaningful legislation designed to impact those negative results, she said. “Representative Polis’ efforts to make driving under the influence of marijuana enforcement consistent with laws related to driving under the influence of alcohol enforcement, seems logical and practical.”
If passed, this legislation would make states with legalized medical or recreational marijuana ineligible for federal funds for failing to comply with federal regulations to prevent intoxicated driving.
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