When new laws come into existence it is often times difficult to determine the outlying difficult to predict consequences that may arise. Sometimes it is a bit easier to predict what those actions may bring. Such may be the case with Colorado's newly minted bill which legalized marijuana.

While marijuana may have just been legalized, a rather obvious byproduct has not yet been sorted out by state legislators. The legal limit for driving while stoned has yet to be established. What the exact limit and threshold should be for the amount of THC in the bloodstream to trigger a DUI is a topic for debate that does not seem to have an answer on the horizon according to the Boulder District Attorney.

Until a blood-THC level is determined, it is difficult for authorities to establish when a driver is too impaired to be driving. However, some believe that the blood-THC level is a poor indicator of impairment since it can leave the bloodstream rather quickly while still leaving the user quite impaired.

It may be that whatever standard is decided upon, whether a blood-THC level number or field sobriety test, that such standards will most likely need to be adjusted rather frequently as the field data provides more adequate research on the effects of marijuana and driving on a larger scale. Just as alcohol based laws have been adjusted over the years, so too may marijuana laws. Until that point, drive safely and when in doubt, have a designated driver.

If you find yourself in a situation where you are in need of legal advice due to marijuana use and/or a DUI arrest, please contact a criminal defense attorney. Their knowledge and skills as an advocate will be able to assist you in your situation.

Source: The Daily Caller, "Thresholds for stoned-driving charges remain hazy," Greg Campbell, Jan. 17, 2013