King Says Delta-9-THC Leaves System Hours After Smoking Pot
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. For the fifth time in three years, lawmakers are pushing for a driving under the influence of drugs per say standard in Colorado.
The bill aims to set a marijuana blood standard for drivers.
Sen. Steve King (R-Dist. 7) said people suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana would specifically be tested for Delta-9-THC, the primary psycho-active ingredient in marijuana. He says other forms of THC can stay in a person's system for longer than a few hours and do no not affect a person's ability to drive.
King said, "That's how the marijuana industry, that's how Senator Carroll has made the argument, two days later you might have some THC still in your system and the police will arrest you and take you to jail ... you don't have Delta-9-THC then, that leaves your system within two to three hours after you smoke pot."
King also says lawmakers continue to look at the five nanogram standard. He says that would be the most liberal standard in the world. Other states with similar laws have set the standard at two or three nanograms, or have zero tolerance policies for testing positive for any THC.