Legislation introduced by Rep. Jared Polis would create a national benchmark to protect citizens from drivers under the influence of marijuana.
The Colorado Democrat's bill - the Limiting Unsafe Cannabis-Impaired Driving (LUCID) Act - would expand the federal definition of an impaired driver. If his proposal were enacted, the federal definition would include those who have a cognitive or physical impairment due to the use of marijuana.
Polis has been a leading advocate in Congress of legalizing marijuana nationally. His state is the first in the nation to implement a "legal" marijuana regime - including taxes and regulations - though the drug remains illicit under federal law.
"As more and more states follow the will of their citizens and implement regulations to treat marijuana like alcohol, it is vital that we keep our roads safe and save lives by updating our driving under the influence laws," Polis said in a statement, adding:
The LUCID Act creates a single federal standard that will protect the public from impaired drivers and train law enforcement officials to effectively identify offenders. I encourage my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to work quickly to advance this legislation and keep impaired drivers, no matter what impaired them, off the road.
Politix, and via polis.house.gov.