Pending Illinois Marijuana bill would do away with “zero tolerance” marijuana DUIs and set a “legal limit”

A bill that is currently pending in the Illinois legislature to make small amounts (15 grams or less) of marijuana a petty offense, punishable by fine only, has been amended to include another major change that I have been long advocating for on this blog.

Under the amended version of HB 218, the law would “provides that a person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any vehicle within this State when the person has, within 2 hours thereof, a tetrahydrocannabinol concentration in the person’s whole blood or other bodily substance of 15 nanograms or more of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol per milliliter of whole blood or 25 nanograms or more of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol per milliliter of other bodily substance from the unlawful consumption of cannabis (rather than a concentration in any amount).”

This is a major change from our current law, which outlaws driving with any amount of cannabis in a person’s blood, breath or urine.  In other words, as it currently stands, you could smoke some marijuana on April 10th and be charged with a DUI based on cannabis still in your system on May 7th, regardless of a total lack of impairment.  Crazy, right?

I am glad that the legislature has been listening to reason.  Lets hope this bill passes.

One thought on “Pending Illinois Marijuana bill would do away with “zero tolerance” marijuana DUIs and set a “legal limit”

  1. Pingback: Gov. vetoes bill to decriminalize pot and replace zero tolerance pot DUIs with a legal limit | illinoisduilawyer

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