Michigan driver who uses medical marijuana wins appeal
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, May, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that medical marijuana users aren't automatically breaking the law if they're caught driving after using the drug.
The court unanimously overturned an appeals court decision in the case of a Grand Traverse County man, Rodney Koon. He was stopped in 2010 for speeding — going nearly 30 mph over the limit.
Koon admitted having smoked medical marijuana earlier, and a blood test revealed the drug in his system.
It's illegal for Michigan drivers to consume marijuana. But the state high court said medical marijuana users have some protection. The court says police must show that a driver actually was "under the influence" of marijuana for a charge to stick.
Michigan voters approved medical use of marijuana in 2008.
The medical marijuana law "shields registered patients from prosecution for the internal possession of marijuana," the judges said.
At the same time, the law prohibits driving "while under the influence of marijuana." But it fails to specify what level of marijuana in the body constitutes being "under the influence," the opinion said.
The court suggested lawmakers consider setting a marijuana limit, similar to a blood alcohol level.
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$1 Million Worth Of Marijuana Seized at Otay Mesa Cargo Border
Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
OTAY MESA, Calif. (WUSA9) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Otay Mesa seized a truck carrying more than $1 million worth of marijuana Friday, May 17.
At about 6:15 p.m., a 39-year-old male Mexican citizen pulled into the the Otay Mesa cargo border crossing driving a tractor-trailer with a shipment of clay pots. The vehicle and shipment were inspected by an officer with a narcotic dog. The dog alerted others to the marijuana.
Officers report 750 packages of marijuana were found hidden inside of the pots. The packages weighed about 2,243 pounds with an estimated street value of more than $1 million. The driver was booked into the Metropolitan Correctional Center, authorities say.
Earlier that same day, at about 4:45 p.m., a 34-year-old male Mexican citizen arrived at Otay with a tractor-trailed that was supposed to be empty. Upon inspection a narcotic detecting dog alerted officers to the tires on the trailer.
After searching the tires, CBP officers found 16 packages of marijuana hidden in the tires. The marijuana weighed about 185 pounds with an estimated street value of $83,000. The truck and drugs were seized and the driver was sent to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigation (ICE HSI) agents.
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OAS to White House: Its High Time the U.S. Debated Legalizing Pot
Category: Politics | Posted on Wed, May, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
On the Latin American street, the Organization of American States has always borne a reputation, often undeserved, as Washington’s lackey. But the OAS, based in Washington, just tossed the White House a message it would rather not hear: It’s time to seriously discuss legalizing marijuana as one means of reducing the western hemisphere’s harrowing drug violence. That conclusion, from a study presented last Friday in Bogotá, Colombia, by OAS Secretary-General José Miguel Insulza, is one that a growing number of Latin American governments — including Uruguay, which legalized marijuana last year — are urging the Obama Administration to accept. Having the motion seconded by Washington’s “lackey” makes it harder to ignore.
But even as Insulza and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos were hailing the OAS report last week, something else was brewing in Bogotá that could further undermine resistance to pot legalization. The Colombian capital is about to start a program that uses marijuana to wean junkies off bazuco, a cheap but fiercely addictive cocaine paste. It will mark one of the largest experiments to determine if marijuana — which legalization opponents still insist is a “gateway” to harder drugs like cocaine and heroin — is in reality an “exit” drug. If so, it will only serve to reinforce the argument, mentioned by the OAS study, that marijuana is a relatively benign drug, far more comparable to alcohol than it is, say, to crystal meth.
Read more: http://world.time.com
Category: Tokers | Posted on Wed, May, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
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