- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow police to test drivers for an active ingredient in marijuana.

A bill going before the Legislature’s Transportation Committee on Tuesday would criminalize driving under the influence of marijuana at 5-nanograms. Penalties would be the same as for drunken driving.

The Sun Journal (https://bit.ly/1zXxrsw ) reports that other states are considering similar bills. Colorado currently uses the 5-nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood standard and Washington State uses a 25-nanogram standard.

The Maine bill includes several provisions that don’t have anything to do with operating under the influence. The proposal would double the registration fee for antique vehicles and increase the fee for a duplicate learner’s permit. It also increases weight limit under the definition of pickup trucks.

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Information from: Sun-Journal, https://www.sunjournal.com

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