Business is booming for Colorado’s marijuana industry, and the competition is fierce to provide the higher quality marijuana products available. But when does the drive for purity and the highest high go too far? Are products becoming too intoxicating? Can marijuana superconcentrates land you in jail for DUI-D?
According to a report by Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver, some marijuana products in Colorado contain as much as 90 percent pure THC, the chemical in marijuana responsible for the high it produces. The CEO of Organa Labs, a company that extracts THC from marijuana, claims that his laboratory can achieve near perfect 98 or 99 percent purity in marijuana products. With some of these products, users can receive up to 600 or 800 milligrams of THC in a session – compared to the average 25 in a joint, that’s a lot, and the effects have not been well-studied.
But there’s more to it than just the immediate high. Having so much THC in your body can actually land you in the slammer for DUI-D.
Marijuana in the Body
Unlike many other drugs, especially illegal ones, marijuana takes an extremely long time to purge itself from your body. In Colorado, the legal limit for THC in the blood while driving is five nanograms per cubic milliliter of blood. That’s a very small amount, and habitual users of normal potency marijuana may find that the amount of THC in their blood rarely dips below five nanograms. Even if they take a tolerance break, they can still be above the legal limit days, even weeks after their last puff.
With these super-high concentrations of marijuana, this risk extends to drivers who don’t smoke or consume marijuana as often. One high-potency dab at a weekend house party might still register on a blood test on your morning commute the following Wednesday. And if that happens, you might end up in jail. So, as with everything in life, moderation is key.
Our Denver drugged driving defense attorneys seek to build a robust and aggressive defense against your DUI-D charges.