Weeks-old traces of marijuana can land you a DUI in Arizona
Category: News | Posted on Sat, November, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
In Arizona, getting behind the wheel of a car weeks after smoking marijuana opens up the possibility of being charged with driving under the influence. Soon, however, the state Supreme Court may say that law has to go.
Current legislation on the books in Arizona allows automobile drivers to be charged with DUI if a blood sample indicates the presence of even a trace amount of Carboxy-THC, a secondary metabolite of marijuana. Carboxy-THC can stay in the body for weeks after someone smokes pot, but is non-psychoactive, meaning it can’t actually cause any sort of impairment. Despite scientific prove indicating such, however, a stringent state law in Arizona allows anyone whose smoked marijuana — even one month earlier — to end up behind bars.
Phoenix, Arizona attorney Michael Alarid is currently in the midst of having the state re-consider a 2010 DUI conviction against one of his clients, who he attests was not driving under the influence at the time of the incident but simply had trace amounts of THC in his system. A trial judge eventually threw out the charge, but an Alarid is concerned about a Court of Appeals decision mandating that laws on impaired driving “must be interpreted broadly.”
"The courts are supposed to interpret statutes as to avoid absurd results," Alarid told a local CBS affiliate. "It's possible in Arizona to be convicted of DUI when, in fact, a blood test proves a person is not impaired."
If all works out for Alarid, he’ll win by convincing the state’s top justices to overturn a Court of Appeals decision from the 1990s when “marijuana was a completely illicit substance,” Alarid told the network. Today, however, medical marijuana is legal in Arizona and more than a dozen other states, and recreational use is allowed by law in Washington, Colorado and — due to a decision just this week — shortly Portland, Maine.
When Alarid tried to make his case in court on Tuesday, Chief Justice Rebecca Berch asked a state prosecutor how the law would be utilized if future breakthroughs will allow investigators to discover even more miniscule traces of Carboxy-THC.
“Let’s assume that scientific testing develops and you can find Carboxy-THC remaining in the system for a year, does that have any effect on your position here today?” Chief Justice Berch asked Deputy Maricopa County Attorney Susan Luder. “Let’s now assume that it’s five years that you can test THC levels — Carboxy-THC remaining in the system, does there come a point where the statute lacks a rational basis?”
According to the Arizona Daily Star, Luder argued that Berch’s case wasn’t realistic and that it’s “up to the Legislature to decide” if DUI convictions can be handed down to defendants who may have smoked marijuana weeks earlier.
Read more: http://rt.com/
Lady Gaga Smoked Fifteen Joints a day
Category: Celebrities | Posted on Sat, November, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
What is it with celebrities and marijuana? From the time of Bob Marley to the present time of Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and many more, everyone has been so open to loving this drug and getting addicted to it. The latest celebrity to confess her love for the marijuana, which is also seen as a pain numbing drug, is none other than Lady Gaga.
The "Applause" singer has confessed getting addicted to smoking marijuana when she was suffering from extreme pain in her hip joint stemming up from hip tear in 2012. The 27-year-old was wheelchair-bound for quite some time due to extreme pain and smoked not less than 15 weed-filled cigarettes every day!
Gaga used the drug to ease her pain. The U.S. government has also made marijuana legal in some American states such as California with a prescription. The star used the weed to numb her pain when it got real bad and unbearable for her. She would smoke a weed and sleep through the pain but it soon became a habit for her.
"I was smoking FIFTEEN joints a day," she confessed to Attitude magazine. The drug can have negative impact to human beings by decreasing short-term memory, impair motor skills, induce feelings of paranoia and anxiety that make eyes appear red.
"It was a habit that eventually occurred when the pain got so bad with the hip. I was just numbing, numbing, numbing myself then sleeping it off, then getting on stage, killing it in pain, then getting off and smoking, smoking, smoking, not knowing what the pain was," Gaga added.
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