While you might think Colorado is completely relaxed when it comes to marijuana, think again. Despite the fact it is legal to smoke recreationally, you should still not drive while you are high. Taking this risk could result in law enforcement pulling you over and you receiving a conviction of driving under the influence. If you are planning on smoking marijuana and you need transportation after, make sure you get a sober ride.
But what exactly are the laws surrounding driving and marijuana use? Can you drive with marijuana in your car? Read below for the answers to these questions and more.
What is the legal limit?
You might be familiar with the blood alcohol content for getting charged with a DUI in Colorado, but marijuana is certainly different than alcohol. If a screening detects five nanograms of THC in your blood, you may face a charge of DUI. However, even if law enforcement observes impairment but you test lower than five nanograms, you might still face charges.
Can I have marijuana in my car?
Colorado has an open container law prohibiting you from having open containers of marijuana in the passenger area of your vehicle. This also includes containers with a broken seal or any evidence you consumed marijuana, such as a dirty bong. Your passengers cannot open any containers or use the drug while in your car.
What happens if I refuse a blood test?
As with any other DUI arrest, you will lose your driving privileges if you refuse to cooperate with a chemical test. You may also face drug education classes and installation of an ignition interlock device. These administrative consequences may occur regardless of any additional criminal punishments.
For more information about marijuana and driving, visit the Colorado Official State Web Portal. If you are facing charges, you may also want to talk with an attorney.