Christian A. Schwaner, P.C. Blog

Am I allowed to have marijuana in my car in Colorado?

On January 1, 2014, marijuana use and possession was legalized in Colorado. Adults age 21 or older may now legally possess one ounce of retail marijuana in Colorado. Based on the wording of the law, possession of one ounce of THC is legal. You may also purchase marijuana in edible form, as well as Cannabis

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Should I refuse a blood test? What will happen if so?

Marijuana legalization in Colorado comes with new laws regarding driving under the influence. The law in Colorado has set a legal limit for the amount of active THC in your system to be considered impaired. Though people metabolize THC at different rates, and can vary widely from person to person, the state has settled upon

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What should I do if I am accused roadside of DUI marijuana?

Marijuana use impairs short term memory, reaction time, hand-eye coordination, concentration, time perception, and depth perception. The legalization of marijuana has not changed the law regarding impaired driving – getting high and getting behind the wheel will result in a DUI. Due to marijuana’s impact on a person’s motor skills and judgment, Colorado has put

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What does the field sobriety test for marijuana look like?

Colorado uses Drug Recognition Experts (DRE) to evaluate suspects of driving under the influence of marijuana. They use a 12 step system to evaluate whether someone is operating their vehicle under the influence of marijuana. If you are pulled over for suspected drugged driving, an officer will test sobriety differently than a suspected drunk driver.

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An Overview of Colorado Marijuana DUI Laws

According to current DUI laws in Colorado, a person is guilty of a DUI if he or she operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or one or more drugs, OR he or she operates a motor vehicle as a habitual user of any controlled substance. As stated above, with regard to

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A Timeline of Marijuana Legislation in Colorado

November, 2000 – Colorado voters consider and pass Amendment 20 to the state’s constitution, which legalized limited amounts of medical marijuana for registered patients and their primary caregivers. October, 2009 – Deputy Attorney General David Ogden of the United States Attorney’s Office issues a memorandum stating that Department of Justice prosecutors “should not focus federal

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