May 21, 2013 10:58 PM by Connie Murphy

Colorado stoned-driving bill attracts lawsuit

DENVER (AP) - A stoned-driving bill awaiting the governor's signature has attracted a lawsuit from a northern Colorado man who wants to block the measure.

Brandon Baker of Nunn says he uses marijuana for religious reasons and that the blood limit at which drivers would be considered impaired is too low for frequent users. Baker says the limit will help convict pot users who aren't stoned behind the wheel. Some users always have elevated blood levels of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in pot. The bill does allow people to argue they were sober at the stated limit.

Baker filed his lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Denver.

Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper has long advocated for a marijuana driving standard and is expected to sign it into law next week.


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