Marijuana edibles in spotlight in Colorado after student's death
Category: News | Posted on Fri, April, 4th 2014 by THCFinder
Throughout Dr. Scott Bentz's career in emergency medicine, marijuana wasn't something he much worried about.
Perhaps a person a month would come in feeling panicky after smoking pot. A sedative and a quiet room usually did the trick.
"It's the easiest emergency medicine case you're going to see," said Bentz, the medical director of emergency services at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver.
And then came the day a man arrived in the emergency room so sedated and breathing so slowly after eating a marijuana-infused edible that he was nearly comatose.
For the past few months, Bentz said, he's seen more and more patients at the hospital who have consumed marijuana-infused products. And, while the cases don't come close in number or severity to alcohol-related cases, Bentz said they show the kind of problems that can go along with edible marijuana — especially for those trying pot for the first time and who see edibles as a more appealing access point.
Potency amounts vary. It's far easier to overconsume than it is with smoking. And the products can affect everyone differently, from intense anxiety to excessive sedation.
"The edibles are just a whole different ball of wax," Bentz said. "You just don't know what you're going to get."
The potential risks of edibles are receiving new attention after the death of a Wyoming college student last month. Levy Thamba, 19, became agitated after eating marijuana-infused cookies and then leapt to his death from a hotel balcony, according to a coroner's report released this week. His death was classified as an accident.
Levy Thamba was a student at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo., who was also known as Levi Thamba Pongi. (Via Facebook)
Denver police are still investigating, and state law could allow for criminal charges against whoever gave the underage Thamba the cookies, though police spokesman Sonny Jackson wouldn't comment on the possibility of charges in the case.
"I'm not going to speculate one way or another," Jackson said Thursday.
Read more: http://www.denverpost.com
Guatemalan President Will Present Plan To Legalize Marijuana
Category: Legalization | Posted on Fri, April, 4th 2014 by THCFinder
Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina said Wednesday his country could present a plan before year’s end to legalize the production of marijuana and opium poppies. His comments came in an interview with Reuters.
Perez, a conservative and former general, has been a harsh critic of the US-led war on drugs in Latin America, repeatedly denouncing such policies at international forums. He has alsopreviously mentioned the possibility of moving to legalize marijuana and opium production, but has yet to put forward a concrete plan to do so.
But a presidential commission has been studying the issue of reforms in the country’s drug laws, and Perez told Reuters he expected the commission to make its recommendations by October and that the measures could be presented by year’s end. That could include a bill to legalize drugs, particularly marijuana, Perez said.
“The other thing we’re exploring… is the legalization of the poppy plantations on the border with Mexico, so they’re controlled and sold for medicinal ends,” Perez said. “These two things could be steps taken on a legal basis.”
While Afghanistan is by far the world’s largest opium producer, accounting for nearly 90% of global production, poppies are also grown in the Western hemisphere — in Mexico and Colombia, as well as Guatemala. Western hemisphere opium accounts for most of the heroin consumed in the United States.
Perez is keeping a careful eye on his northern neighbor, too. Mexico decriminalized drug possession in 2009, but has been loath to take further steps to end the drug war there, although there are now proposals afoot to legalize marijuana. Meanwhile, Mexican drug trafficking organizations, under pressure in their home country, have expanded their operations in Guatemala and other Central American nations.
Sour OG Cannabis
Category: Nugs | Posted on Fri, April, 4th 2014 by THCFinder
Sour OG is a cross of Sour Diesel and OG Kush. A very nice weed to smoke, not overly powerful but provides a relaxing yet energetic high. Great for chilling with friends and laughing.
69 Percent Of Americans Say Alcohol More Harmful Than Marijuana
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, April, 4th 2014 by THCFinder
WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – In a national survey that shows the American public is ready for a truce in the ongoing war on drugs, a two-thirds majority of U.S. adults (67 percent) say that the government should focus more on providing treatment for people using drugs such as heroin and cocaine instead of jail time.
A new Pew Research Center survey finds that just about one-quarter of Americans (26 percent) think the U.S. government should focus on prosecuting users of hard drugs. Treatment-based programs, rather than imprisonment, are favored more by Democrats and independent voters, but a majority of Republicans (51 percent) agree that the government should direct its efforts towards a treatment approach.
A nearly two-to-one ratio of the American public surveyed says it is a positive thing that some states are moving away from mandatory sentences for non-violent drug offenders.
According to FBI data, police made one marijuana arrest every 42 seconds in 2012. There were an estimated 1,552,432 arrests for drug-related crimes in 2012 – a slight increase from the 1,531,251 drug arrests in 2011.
Marijuana offenses accounted for 48.3 percent of all drug arrests, a slight decrease from 49.5 percent in 2011, which itself was the highest rate since before 1995.
And as several states in addition to Washington and Colorado move toward legalizing recreational use of marijuana, three-quarters of the U.S. public (75 percent) – including both those for and against the legal use of marijuana – agree that the sale and use of marijuana will inevitably become legal nationwide.
And by wide margins, Americans view the drinking of alcohol as a more harmful habit on both a personal health and societal level.
Sixty-nine percent of Americans say alcohol is more harmful to people’s health, in contrast to just 15 percent who say the same of marijuana use. And 63 percent of Americans surveyed said they view alcohol as more harmful to society, in comparison to just 23 percent who say the same of marijuana.
The data represents a larger, major shift in attitude toward marijuana use.
Read more: http://washington.cbslocal.com
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