Wait Six Hours After Smoking Marijuana To Drive
Patients who use marijuana for medical purposes must wait six hours after smoking the drug to drive a car, the Health Ministry is set to announce soon.Up to now, the issue of driving and medical marijuana use had not been clarified formally, and this lacunae caused several police-related incidents, including the investigation in November 2010 of scriptwriter Ran Sarig, who uses marijuana for medical purposes, after he was seen on a television program driving with a marijuana cigarette in his mouth.
The new regulation will completely prohibit drivers of public or commercial vehicles from smoking the drug for medicinal purposes. In recent months, the use of medical marijuana has risen in Israel, according to Health Ministry figures. Up to now, some 4,000 permits have been given for marijuana use for medical purposes. The mini1stry believes that after final regulations are ironed out for the use of medicinal marijuana, some 40,000 patients in Israel will use the narcotic. Authorization for marijuana use covers the holding of 200 grams of the drug at any one time. The drug is grown and supplied for medical purposes by an authorized list of persons.
Melanie Soliz Gave Marijuana Pipe To Her Baby To Suck On, SoCal Police Say
A Video showing a baby putting its mouth to a pot pipe put SoCal authorities on alert, and when they visited the Hesperia home of mom Melanie Soliz over the weekend, they say they found enough evidence to prove that the imagery wasn't lying.
The 20-year-old was arrested on suspicion of child cruelty. Her self-described fiance, Blake Hightower, 24, later turned himself in and faced the same allegation.
Husband 'Used Cannabis' Before Crash
A Canberra court hearing into a fatal car accident has been told the driver had a very high level of cannabis in his blood at the time of crash. Troy Anthony Wilson had been at a family barbecue at the Cotter picnic area south of Canberra in September 2009, before driving home in his four-wheel drive. He lost control of the car at a bend in Paddy's River Road and rolled down an embankment. His wife, Lisa Jane Wilson, died from severe head injuries but the six children in the car were mostly unharmed.
Wilson has been charged with negligent driving occasioning death. Yesterday in the ACT Magistrates Court, Wilson gave evidence that he had swerved to avoid a kangaroo. But a police witness told the court that was speculative. He believed the crash happened because Wilson entered the bend too fast, well above the advised speed of 45 kilometres per hour. A forensic expert gave evidence, saying Wilson's blood sample taken two hours after the crash showed a blood alcohol reading of 0.02 and an extremely high level of cannabis. He said the combination would definitely have impaired his driving. Wilson denied using the drug that day.
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Vt. woman won't be tried for growing pot for son
EAST WALLINGFORD, Vt.—A woman charged with felony drug charges for growing marijuana for her sick son won't go to trial.
Prosecutors have agreed to refer Sue Thayer, of East Wallingford, to court diversion. If she completes it, the charges against her will be dismissed.
In 2007, the 65-year-old Thayer was charged with possessing more than 25 pot plants. She said she grew the plants out of necessity because the marijuana improved the appetite and general condition of her son, who suffered from chronic wasting.
Last August, the Vermont Supreme Court ruled against her use of the so-called "necessity" defense.
Vermont Public Radio reports that Deputy Rutland County State's Attorney Peter Neary referred Thayer's case to court diversion last month, calling it a welcome compromise.
Will NJ medical pot law go up in smoke?
TRENTON -- The terminally ill's lack of access to medical marijuana is one of the worries of a state senator who is trying to force Gov. Chris Christie's administration to change proposed regulations of the drug.
Sen. Nicholas Scutari, D-Middlesex, said the Republican governor's proposed rules have several flaws, including barring dispensaries from making home deliveries, even for terminally ill patients -- those defined in the regulations as having less than 12 months to live.
""Terminally ill patients are penalized,'' Scutari said.
Also, the levels of the drugs active ingredient are capped ""arbitrarily'' and a rule requiring doctors who register with the program to complete training in addiction medicine is ""unnecessary,'' Scutari said.
Scutari has scheduled a hearing Thursday with the Democrat-controlled Senate health committee that could lead to a rewrite of Christie’s rules.
Hanging in the balance is the delivery of medical marijuana to those who suffer from chronic or terminal illnesses, which the law, signed in January, is supposed to provide.
Some key Democrats said they fear the rewrite process could significantly delay the launch of the program, which would deny people who could use medical marijuana much-needed relief.
Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, D-Mercer, says Christie has already made adequate changes, with the governor upping the number of facilities to grow and distribute the marijuana to six, as the law calls for. The changes would make it easier for patients to get access to doctor-prescribed medical marijuana.
Gusciora said the amendments ""encompass parts of the compromise I had reached with the governor. They're not perfect but it's a starting point. I believe half a loaf is better than no loaf.''
""Scutari has the right to do what he's doing, but to start the regulations again from scratch will just delay seeing the program get started, '' Gusciora added.
But Scutari said this is likely the only time significant changes can be made, adding ""We only have one shot with this. We have to get it right.''
New Jersey got the ball rolling to become the 14th state offering medical marijuana when then-Gov. Jon S. Corzine signed legislation in January 2010, one day before Christie took office.
The law is formally known as the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act. Scutari and Gusciora were leading advocates.
Christie has insisted on strict rules, saying he wants to avoid creating a ""de facto legalization of marijuana" in New Jersey.
Christie had said there are flaws with laws in some other jurisdictions, leading to situations where there is ""a head shop in every town and quack doctors writing prescriptions for people with headaches to get marijuana.''
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