Bill Suggests Removing Part of Marijuana DUI Tests

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Some Nevada lawmakers say medical marijuana patients shouldn't be deemed impaired when driving just because they have small amounts of marijuana in their system.

The idea sparked intense debate over the issue when Democratic Assembly Majority Leader William Horne of Las Vegas presented AB351 to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee Tuesday.

Backers of the bill say current law allows medical marijuana users to be prosecuted long after the effects of the drug have worn off regardless of if they actually were impaired.

But opponents contend the effects on chronic users can persist for days and that without setting allowable levels determined by a blood test it is difficult to prosecute offenders.