Esquibel says she almost fainted when she tried her first hit. Those high THC levels worry Allen St. Pierre , executive director of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, a nonprofit lobbying group working to broadly legalize marijuana use. Marijuana May Hurt The Developing Teen Brain “Between the fact that you can potentially pass out with a single inhalation, or you can have such property damage and potential bodily harm just producing it … these [issues of the vape pen] definitely need to be addressed,” he says. “This is a screaming call for regulation if there ever was one.”
Most states, such as California, that allow the sale and use of medical marijuana don’t have rules on the books about marijuana concentrates or about vaping the substance. California is considering a ban on concentrates, while Colorado and Washington allow them. The sale and use of vape pens is legal in every state.
To read more, visit http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/04/18/302992602/pot-smoke-and-mirrors-vaporizer-pens-hide-marijuana-use
“This kind of testing has been approved in California”, Dan Lauwers, a Republican from Brockway Township near Port Huron, said. The saliva tests have not been approved throughout California but are being used in field trials by Los Angeles police to see if results can qualify as court-admissible evidence, said Don Targowski, a Santa Monica defense attorney who is active in marijuana cases.
Targowski has offices in both suburban Los Angeles and Grand Rapids. Under the Michigan proposal, motorists would not be arrested simply for failing the saliva test but only after being pulled over for erratic driving. Then the saliva test would add confirming evidence, just as portable breath testers do in cases of drunken drivers to justify an arrest, Lauwers said. What were really after is repeat offenders, he said.
The spur for the bill was a double-fatal crash last year in St. Clair County in which a repeat offender drove under the influence of pain killers not marijuana, he said.
To read more, visit http://www.freep.com/article/20140417/NEWS06/304170032/medical-marijuana-THC-saliva-testing-drugged-driving
More than 160 police officers, from Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Grand Traverse and Oceana counties, were involved in the investigation. Police in October arrested 27 on federal charges but prosecutors soon dropped charges to continue with the investigation. Another 10 defendants were added this week. As to the how they filed it and then dismissed it, I am a little disappointed that the defendants that were not obviously involved with the alleged conspiracy were not left out of the new prosecution. Instead, they added more defendants, Grow said. Court documents said Shawn Taylor led the Medical Marijuana Team, or MMT, with a goal of harvesting $3 million in marijuana.
He and his wife, Molly, operated In Do Grow, a store in Muskegon that sold indoor hydroponic growing and other supplies to grow marijuana, police said in court records. The conspirators were not attempting to alleviate the suffering of patients assigned to them; rather, they were attempting to profit from the sale of the marijuana they produced, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Courtade wrote in a 44-page indictment unsealed on Wednesday, April 16.
To read more, visit http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2014/04/michigans_medical_marijuana_la_2.html
“Colorado is seeing legal and public safety issues with driving under the influence,” Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said this week in an interview. “There is no reason to believe those problems won’t follow here in Florida.” It’s much harder to prosecute marijuana-impaired drivers than drunken drivers, Nocco said. Roadside breath tests can detect alcohol’s levels in the body and the law sets standards for when a driver is presumed to be impaired. Detecting marijuana takes a blood test, which usually requires an arrest and transport to jail.
There are no bright-line impairment standards to aid prosecution. Nocco expressed sympathy for sick people but sees the marijuana vote mainly as a tool for recreational use. “I think the amendment is just pulling on people’s heartstrings,” he said. The Colorado crash report is deceptive, Pollara said in an interview. Most of the drivers who had marijuana in their system also had alcohol, he said. Traces of marijuana can stay in the body for weeks after use. Finding more drivers with pot in their system does not mean they were impaired or caused the crash, he said.
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Earlier this week, Blake Griffin spoke to Rolling Stone on a whole range of subjects, including his Creationism beliefs, his link to model Kate Upton and the Los Angeles Clipper ‘s deadpan sense of humor. But the 25-year-old All Star, whose 16th technical foul kept him out of the Clippers’ last game of the regular season, spoke seriously when asked about marijuana use in professional sports leagues.
Griffin said he would endorse the drug medicinally in the NBA as a painkiller alternative: “It doesn’t really affect me, but so many guys would probably benefit from it and not take as many painkillers, which have worse long-term effects. So I would vote “yes”. I just think it makes sense.” This comes amid news that the NFL would consider the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The substance remains banned in the NBA, and Milwaukee Bucks and outspoken supporter Larry Sanders was suspended for its use earlier this month.
To read more, visit http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/blake-griffin-medical-marijuana-use-in-nba-makes-sense-041714
“So I would vote ‘yes’. I just think it makes sense.” Griffin’s comments followed remarks made earlier this month by Bucks center Larry Sanders , who advocated for marijuana’s legalization just after it was announced he would be suspended five games by the NBA for using the drug. “It’s a banned substance in my league. But I believe in marijuana and the medical side of it. I know what it is if I’m going to use it,” Sanders told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel at the time. He said he has studied marijuana and knows the benefits. “In a lot of ways we’ve been deprived,” Sanders said.
To read more, visit http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/sports/pro/basketball&sa=NBA&eid=10796922
“We applaud the efforts of the NCIA and their mission to ensure that responsible and legitimate cannabis-related businesses are treated fairly,” states Charles Vest, VP of Communications for HempMeds (TM). “As the title sponsor of the NCIA’s Educational Series conference during the historic ‘420 week,’ HempMeds (TM) is showing support for all cannabis businesses in this rapidly growing and changing industry.”
NCIA member businesses receive two admission tickets. Non-members who wish to attend can register online. Admission is a $75 donation per ticket. All ticket and sponsorship proceeds support the work of the National Cannabis Industry Association . ” HempMeds (TM) is one of many legitimate cannabis-related businesses nationwide,” Vest continues. “We are actively creating awareness about our unique CBD-rich hemp oil products so that other legitimate cannabis businesses have an opportunity to add variety to their product offerings, regardless of where they are located in the country. And we are thrilled to support an inclusive organization like the NCIA that understands and supports responsible companies invested in cannabis, whether hemp or marijuana.”
To read more, visit https://finance.yahoo.com/news/medical-marijuana-inc-hempmeds-title-130000339.html
Polls show the measure has widespread public support, and it’s particularly popular among young voters – a critical part of the Democratic coalition with historically weak turnout in non-presidential election years. “I wish that it didn’t take medical marijuana on the ballot to motivate our young voters,” said Ana Cruz, former executive director of the Florida Democratic Party. “But listen, we’ll take it any way we can get it.”
Activists are also gathering signatures for medical marijuana initiatives in Arkansas, where Democrats are fighting to retain the governorship and a U.S. Senate seat, and Ohio, where the party is trying to oust GOP Gov. John Kasich. But those petition drives face significant organizational hurdles. The political world likely will be focused on Florida in November for clues about the turnout potential among young voters of pot on the ballot. At stake is the governor’s office, as well as a handful of competitive House seats.
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“The District of Columbia must be at the forefront of decriminalizing ‘being black and brown’ and this is the start.” “The passing of the decriminalization marijuana bill is the first step in the right direction to dismantling the immoral war on drugs that has devastated communities of color,” said Rev. Kelly D. Wilkins with the Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ.
“Although I do not advocate or condone the use of marijuana, I support this bill because far too many of our people have been targeted, locked up, thrown away and placed outside of our society due to a small amount of marijuana, said Reverend George C. Gilbert, Jr. with Holy Trinity United Baptist Church. “This bill is one of the first measures to address racial profiling in drug arrests, both procedurally and substantively. We are confident that Congress shares the District’s concerns about disparities in enforcement and the disturbing trends we are seeing nationwide,” said Patrice Amandla Sulton with the NAACP DC Branch.
To read more, visit http://www.alternet.org/drugs/maryland-officially-becomes-21st-medical-marijuana-state-and-decriminalizes-possession?paging=off¤t_page=1
The state law, which took effect this year, allows adults to obtain up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana every two weeks if they are using it to treat one of 40 specified medical conditions. Municipalities and county boards can enact rules to regulate dispensaries and grow facilities, but cannot prohibit them from locating within their jurisdictions. “Is it going to be in Plainfield? I say yes,” said Plainfield Village Trustee Jim Racich.
He noted his brother died of cancer and said he welcomed both dispensaries and a grow center if it could help people who are suffering debilitating illnesses. Trustees noted some possible locations for a grow center include an industrial area off 143rd Street or along 119th Street.
To read more, visit http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/ct-plainfield-committee-meeting-tl-0417-20140415,0,3817945.story