Montana Considers THC Blood Test Legislation
House Bill 186 has become one of the most talked about bills at the Montana Legislature. If passed, the measure would create a legal limit of Tetrahydrocannabinol (also known as THC, the active ingredient in marijuana) allowed to be present in a person’s blood while operating a motor vehicle.
The blood limit maximum for THC would be 5 nanograms per milliliter, a standard similar to those found in both Washington and Colorado where Marijuana has been legalized.
“This is not a anti-marijuana or pro-marijuana law. What this law will do is put some controls on keeping impaired drivers off the road,” says Missoula area representative Doc Moore who sponsored the bill. “Proponents of Marijuana should want this type of legislation because if they were to see a change in the national policy on marijuana we would still have to have some levels set because it is an impairing chemical.”
According to Moore, the blood tests required by the legislation are no more expensive than those currently being conducted for drunken driving. To follow this and other legislative measures, be sure to go the the Montana Legislature’s website.