New Marijuana Survey Has Interesting Results
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, December, 19th 2014 by THCFinder
The most common argument against marijuana legalization is the fact that people driving will be more likely to hit something or someone if they smoke and drive. More than 10% of Washington drivers have admitted to using cannabis within two hours of driving at some point over the past year. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission did roadside surveys over the summer and the results have finally been released showing that a quarter of those who drove after using cannabis believe that it actually makes them better drivers, with only 3% saying that it impaired their abilities behind the wheel.
The results were released on Monday by the Pacific Institute of Research, a non-profit organization that researches and provides assistance to states and communities on health related issues and concerns. Surveys like this are part of an ongoing effort to see how impaired drivers function after the opening of recreational weed shops last July. The first of the two followup surveys, one that was set up to measure attitudes and impaired driving, was completed recently.
There were 926 drivers that were interviewed as part of the study conducted in June. The survey involved asking randomly selected drivers to volunteer information about their driving and drug use. In return for a stipend of up to $60, some drivers even blew in to breath testing machines and gave blood so that there could be tests done for alcohol, marijuana, over the counter meds, prescription, and other drugs. Thirty eight drivers declined to answer any of the questions but 888 drivers were willing to talk, with almost 70% saying that they had used cannabis at least once in their lives, with 220 says that they had used it in the past year.
Of those that used cannabis in the past year, 97 said that they drove within two hours of using cannabis and 24 said that it did indeed impair their driving. Only three of those who admitted that using cannabis before driving actually said that the plant made their driving worse. While a surprising number of drivers said that cannabis made them a safer driver, 40% said that they were “very likely” to be arrested for impaired driving.
Since the holiday season is coming, the traffic safety commission announced that police would be stepping up their patrols in order to look for drivers that may be impaired this holiday. If you are out smoking and driving, be sure that you are driving safe and are careful of yourself and other drivers. The stepped up enforcement of road laws will go back to normal on January 1st, 2015.
Georgia Looks At Pro Marijuana Bills
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, December, 18th 2014 by THCFinder
Earlier this year, Georgia tried to pass a CBD bill that would allow patients access to this healing medicine. The bill died a sudden death but advocates are hoping that a similar bill will have more success come 2015. With election season over, there are two state legislators that have turned their eyes to cannabis reform in Georgia state.
The first bill that will be presented is quite restrictive. Rep. Allen Peake is at the head of this one. It aims for CBD only legislation and not expansive medical or retail marijuana. As for the second bill, it is led by Senator Curt Thompson. This bill proposes all out legalization and is more unlikely but still being presented. Peake’s bill appears likely to make legislative rounds and while it’s a small step, it would be a step in the right direction.
Allen Peake had this to say about HB-1; "We had two missions, really, since the end of last session. Very simply, bring Georgia families back home — those families who have become medical refugees to seek cannabis oil in other states. Secondly, we want to establish a safe, legal, effective and timely regulatory structure in Georgia for the growing, processing and dispensing of cannabis oil. We have to find a solution inside our own borders. There are certain parameters crucial to that. It’s medical cannabis oil. It’s in a non-smokable form. It has a low enough amount of THC to be effective but can’t get you high. We want to follow the guidelines Gov. Deal has said he would (need) to consider any medical marijuana bill: Is it safe? Is it legal? And is it recommended by doctors and supervised by doctors?”
Even though the bill doesn’t actually go for the full legalization of cannabis or even medical cannabis, it would definitely improve the quality of life for some children and other patients that need the healing help of CBD in order to live normally. Most states, however, that have passed a CBD related bill don’t allow for a place to produce or obtain the CBD medicine. Peake at least acknowledges this issue and has ideas on how to get the system moving. But like most CBD bills, it is expected to have a high fail rate in the long run.
And while Thompson’s bill is more unlikely to pass, the statement that he made about it is on point; "SR 6 puts the discussion of retail marijuana regulation and taxation on the table. We have an opportunity in Georgia to regulate sales and make available another revenue stream without raising existing taxes. Several states have approved this option, and the revenue generated is so large, tax rebates to citizens are being considered. Legalizing and regulating marijuana also allows us to reduce the strain on our public safety system and jails.In 2010, for example, marijuana possession arrests accounted for over 65 percent of drug arrests in Georgia. There were over 32,000 arrests for marijuana possession in that year alone. Legalizing and regulating marijuana would free up law enforcement to focus on more dangerous drugs and save taxpayers money by significantly reducing the number of people in our state’s prisons and jails.”
Why Parents With Epileptic Children Turn To Cannabis
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, December, 18th 2014 by THCFinder
Parents who have children that suffer from epilepsy go through a lot of pain for their children. Even though the child is the one who has the seizures, the parents have to be the ones making the choice to give their child extremely strong medicines, some of which have no known long term effects and have serious side effects that make the child’s life that much more difficult. Bonni Goldstein, MD, medical director at Canna-Centers, a group of medical marijuana practices in California, prescribes some of her patients cannabidol. Cannabidol is a compound extracted from marijuana.
Goldstein always makes sure to explain cannabidol in depth when giving it to children who have epilepsy. “It wasn’t available 30 years ago,” she tells them. “Yet every single parent has said to me ‘Well I don’t know the long term side effects of the medications my child is taking and the seizures haven’t stopped. I’d like to give my child the best chance possible.” Parents without fail pick to use the CBD treatment on their children. Many have even come to Goldstein specifically for cannabidol, finding out through Internet forums that the marijuana extract could really help their child.
The seizures that occur in children patients are severe. Not only that but the medication doesn’t always eliminate the episodes completely. There are no set times for seizures and parents begin to lose it when they see their small child convulsing on the floor of the grocery store. Development is stunted, the children can barely speak, and they are lifeless. Parents are willing to try almost anything and thankfully, people like Dr. Goldstein can help them.
People like Ray Mirzabegian, director of the nonprofit Realm of Caring in California, the choice to search for CBD was an obvious one. A few years ago, his daughter Emily was taking four different anti-seizure medications at the age of 10. “Unfortunately, that causes a vegetative state,” he told Yahoo Health. She had tried a grand total of thirteen medications and none of them at helped to effectively control the epilepsy that she suffered from. The little girl was having up to 120 seizures a day and the doctors started trying to create a cocktail of drugs that might help the little girl. “We decided that that’s not the way to go,” Mirzabegian said.
Alhambra Resident Arrested When Marijuana Grow Op Found In Home
Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 18th 2014 by THCFinder
While medical cannabis is legal in California, growing a huge amount of cannabis can still be considered illegal, especially if you’re growing over 860 plants in your home. That’s what happened to 33 year old Longsheng Ou this past Tuesday after police discovered that he was using his home as a marijuana grow.
Ou was arrested on Monday night after the Pomona police were sent to his home on Tanglewood Drive after reports of a strong odor. Officers found that Ou was “utilizing the entire residence to cultivate marijuana,” Sgt. Marcus Perez said. As said above, there were 860 plants that were found in the residence, with an estimated 280 pounds of marijuana. Ou was put in the Pomona Jail with a $50,000 bail for marijuana cultivation.
This just shows that even people who are living in somewhat legal states need to be careful. While it is legal in California to grow with a medical marijuana license, having this many plants will definitely get you in trouble if you’re not going through the appropriate channels to grow it. Cultivating cannabis has extreme consequences if the grower isn’t following the laws. The federal government can still come in and take everything from you.
For people like Ou that have been sent to jail because of their desire to grow a plant, we can only hope that the laws change and these non-violent criminals are released as well as their records expunged of such a miscarriage of justice. The law doesn’t need to put people away for just growing a plant. There are many other problems happening that need attention, such as mistreatment by police, prescription drug addiction, and the ongoing battle with alcohol and drunk drivers.
Feds Not To Interfere With Native American Marijuana Grows
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, December, 18th 2014 by THCFinder
Even though the Native American reservations have strict rules governing the use of alcohol by their members, the Justice Department will be telling the US attorneys to leave tribes growing marijuana alone, even if the tribe is located in a state that bans marijuana growing. The new guidance will be implemented on a case by case basis and the tribes must adhere to federal guidelines regarding the practice.
There are nearly 30 state and federal recognized Native American tribes in Southern California, with a population totaling at almost 200,000. The land where the larger tribes call home is host to huge casinos, outlet malls, and other large sources of revenue that are run by the Cabazon, San Manuel, Morongo, and Pechanga tribes. But representatives from these tribes were not available for comments on the new guidance.
Some tribes look at the marijuana market as a huge potential source of wealth, much like the casinos. Colorado and Washington have made so much money since they passed legalization, you can bet that others will want to make the same. Reportedly, most tribes will not be growing marijuana once the guidance is introduced, as said above, they worry about cannabis having the same devastating effect as alcohol.
Where there are tribes that don’t want marijuana, the federal government says that they will still enforce the laws if someone is found growing the plant. But the Justice Department will not actively attempt to enforce the federal cannabis laws on Native American land that follows the right federal guidelines that have been put forward by the federal government. The tribes must also have an effective regulatory system in place to make sure that the business is working in a safe and profitable manner. The government prosecutors still reserve the right to take action on marijuana related crimes that they feel are happening.
Americans Want Legal States Left Alone
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, December, 17th 2014 by THCFinder
Support for marijuana in America is greater than ever. With more states working towards legalizing the plant, more and more people want to gain profits from the industry. Many jobs would be created with legalization and there is a great deal of money to be made. But seeing as how the Federal Government won’t stop interfering with legal and medical states, the legal marijuana industry is still suffering, even when state laws are being followed.
In a report released on Monday by Third Way says that 60% of American voters believe that the states should decide whether or not they want legal cannabis. 67% want a new federal law that would make states that legalize recreational or medical cannabis a “safe haven” against the US laws against cannabis, as long as the states show that they have a strong regulatory framework for the business.
When the Obama administration issuing guidance urging federal prosecutors to refrain from going after state-legal marijuana operations, advocates for cannabis were positive. But with arrest rates for cannabis high than ever and the amount of raids happening increasing all the time, it’s clear that this “guidance” didn’t do much to prevent legal state from being harassed by the feds. Twenty-three states have opted for legalizing cannabis for medical purposes while another four allow for recreational use of cannabis. The federal government seems to be okay with simply spending all of their time and funding going after people who don’t deserve it.
Third Way proposed that a federal “waiver” system where the states would be allowed to act outside of federal marijuana prosecution. As long as the states have a presentable regulatory system that was in place and could be re-evaluated every once in a while. “This ‘waive but restrict’ framework would provide consistency and protect public safety more effectively than either current law or the other policy proposals on the table."
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