Urgent Call to Action!
This year’s DUID bill, SB12-117, has been making its course through the Colorado State Legislature, and is a few steps away from being passed into law. Recently, on 4/27/12, the bill was stripped of its provision that drivers who test positive for Schedule 1 and 2 drugs also would be charged with per-se DUID. This turned the bill into an extreme measure against medicinal cannabis patients in Colorado as it now sets a per-se 5 nano-gram limit (which says testing over five nano-grams is enough evidence to convict you of DUID, regardless) only for cannabis.
Please call your Senator this weekend (contact info below) . Ask them to vote against SB12-117, the DUID bill, this Monday, April 30, 2012 when it is brought up for its Second reading.
Some of the points you should emphasize are:
Medical Cannabis patients will often have high levels of Cannabinoids (THC/CBD) in them without being impaired as the body quickly builds up a tolerance to Cannabinoids. These people would not be legally able to drive if this bill passes.
Colorado already has laws on the books that prohibit driving under the slightest degree of impairment, and people are routinely convicted of driving while drugged under current law. SB 117 merely creates needless and discriminatory measures and penalties.
This bill creates a false dilemma by forcing medicinal cannabis patients to give up the right to drive a car. This is not fair as it leaves no shades of grey – when in fact with such a large population as Colorado, many people will have a bona fide tolerance to being inebriated from cannabis use. However, jurors will not be able to consider this if a person tests over five nano-grams.
There is no solid scientific evidence a set nano-gram limit judges impairment. Therefore, along with the lack of increase in traffic deaths, there is not any urgency to pass a bill like this.
A “Per Se” five nano-gram limit is the wrong law. A ”Rebuttal Presumption” five nano-gram limit would be better since it would allow Defendants a chance to prove their innocence.
The “DUID Working Group” set up by the Legislators last year came back against a five nano-gram limit. Instead they recommend training more Law Enforcement Officers to be Drug Recognition Experts.
Calling your Senator TODAY is the preferred method of contact as the bill will be heard by the Senators on Monday, 4/30/12 for its second reading.
Please be very respectful in your communications with the Senators.
CONTACT LIST OF ALL COLORADO STATE SENATORS
SENATOR DIST. COUNTY PHONE E-MAIL
Irene Aguilar D 32 Denver, Jefferson 303-866-4852 email@example.com
Bob Bacon D 14 Larimer 303-866-4841 firstname.lastname@example.org
Betty Boyd D 21 Jefferson 303-866-4857 email@example.com
Greg Brophy R 1 Cheyenne, Elbert, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Prowers, Sedwick, Washington, Yuma 303-866-6360 firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Cadman R 10 El Paso 303-866-2737 email@example.com
Morgan Carroll D 29 Aurora 303-866-4879 firstname.lastname@example.org
Joyce Foster D 35 Arapahoe, Denver 303-866-4875 email@example.com
Angela Giron D 3 Pueblo 303-866-4878 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin J. Grantham R 2 Baca, Bent, Crowley, Custer, Fremont, Huerfano, Las Animas, Otero, Pueblo 303-866-4877 email@example.com
Lucia Guzman D 34 Denver 303-866-4862 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ted Harvey R 30 Douglas 303-866-4881 email@example.com
Rollie Heath D 18 Boulder 303-866-4872 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Hodge D 25 Adams 303-866-4855 email@example.com
Evie Hudak D 19 Jefferson 303-866-4840 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheri Jahn D 20 Jefferson 303-866-4856 email@example.com
Michael Johnston D 33 Adams, Denver 303-866-4864 firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith King R 12 El Paso 303-866-4880 email@example.com
Steve King R 7 Garfield, Mesa 303-866-3077 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Kopp R 22 Jefferson 303-866-4859 email@example.com
Ken Lambert R 9 El Paso 303-866-4835 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Lundberg R 15 Larimer 303-866-4853 email@example.com
Shawn Mitchell R 23 Adams, Broomfield, Weld 303-866-4876 firstname.lastname@example.org
John Morse D 11 El Paso 303-866-6364 email@example.com
Linda Newell D 26 Arapahoe, Jefferson 303-866-4846 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeanne Nicholson D 16 Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Summit 303-866-4873 email@example.com
Scott Renfroe R 13 Weld 303-866-4451 firstname.lastname@example.org
Roberts, Ellen R 6 Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, San Juan, San Miguel 303-866-4884 email@example.com
Mark Scheffel R 4 Douglas, El Paso, Lake, Park, Teller 303-866-4869 firstname.lastname@example.org
Gail Schwartz D 5 Alamosa, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mineral, Pitkin, Rio Grande Saguache 303-866-4871 email@example.com
Brandon C. Shaffer D 17 Boulder 303-866-5291 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Spence R 27 Arapahoe 303-866-4883 email@example.com
Pat Steadman D 31 Adams, Denver 303-866-4861 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lois Tochtrop D 24 Adams 303-866-4863 email@example.com
Jean White R 8 Eagle, Garfield, Jackson, Moffat, Rio Blanco, Routt 303-866-5292 firstname.lastname@example.org
Suzanne Williams D 28 Arapahoe 303-866-3432 email@example.com
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