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Marijuana, Both Legal And Illegal, Triggers License Confusion For Doctors, Cops

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
BOSTON — Tens of thousands of Massachusetts residents could be at risk of losing their jobs if they use marijuana for medical relief, as government agencies work to balance the new state medical marijuana law with federal law, which says the drug is illegal under all circumstances.
 
Marijuana starts on a shelf during the opening of a Seattle medical marijuana market on Feb. 13 (Elaine Thompson/AP)
One potential scenario: A doctor who becomes a medical marijuana patient would be at “significant risk” of violating his or her license to practice medicine, according to Bill Ryder, legislative and regulatory counsel for the Massachusetts Medical Society.
 
Ryder says the main problem for doctors is a question on the state license application that asks, “Do you use an illegal drug?” The state Board of Registration in Medicine, which reviews physician licenses and applications, may still be bound to interpret “illegal drug” according to federal law.
 
“So the board could require you to report that and then judge you on the basis of the fact that you may have violated federal law,” Ryder explains.
 
Even if the board makes an exception for medical marijuana, and a physician has a certificate from his or her doctor, Ryder says the physician who is a patient may still put his or her license at risk.
 
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Category: Nugs | Posted on Tue, February, 19th 2013 by THCFinder

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Cville Attorney: Nix Jail Time for Marijuana Possession

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
A Charlottesville attorney is trying to take away jail time as a consequence for possessing marijuana.
 
Attorney Jeff Fogel says it's inappropriate, and some Charlottesville city councilors agree. Tuesday night, the touchy issue will get tackled at a City Council meeting.
 
The argument centers on prevention versus punishment, and developing a local ordinance that goes against the grain.  Fogel said, "It is a very simple and modest proposal, simply: let's keep jail time out of this."
 
Fogel says going to jail for possession of pot is an expensive waste of time and resources.
 
"It's not an appropriate response. It doesn't serve anybody's interests, it doesn't stop people from smoking marijuana, it costs the rest of us money to keep them in jail and it's simply not appropriate," he said.
 
Currently, state law says anyone caught with marijuana faces up to 30 days behind bars for the first offense, and up to a year in jail for any subsequent offense. The proposed ordinance set to go before City Council would provide an option for law enforcement and city attorneys to take away the jail sentence for first offenders. Fogel says they should do away with jail sentences all together, and plans to present his own proposal to City Council Tuesday.
 
Fogel explains that if a proposed ordinance was adopted, whether to charge under the municipal ordinance or the state statute is a decision made by police in the first instance. The prosecutor can then also alter the charge either from or to the ordinance or the statute. He says it would be an expectation that law enforcement and city attorneys follow the city's policy.
 
Charlottesville City Councilor Kristin Szakos agrees jail time is extreme.
 

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Category: Tokers | Posted on Tue, February, 19th 2013 by THCFinder


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Stoned Drivers Hit Test Course In Washington To Evaluate Marijuana DUI Limits

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
As legislators in Colorado and Washington wrestle with a haze of questions regarding the regulation of legal marijuana, one issue often stands paramount: how high is too high to drive?
 
Given the lack of precedent, Washington TV station KIRO opted to elevate action over words. In a February 13 segment, the station assembled a group of volunteers, had them smoke pot (appropriately, the strain was called "blueberry train wreck"), and set them loose on a driving test course.
 
A handful of police officers stood nearby, keen to pick up on any telltale signs of stoned driving. To minimize dangers posed to bystanders, a driving school instructor, in the passenger's seat, sat ready to take the wheel or stomp the brake pedal at a moment's notice.
 
The results, while entertaining, unfortunately don't add much clarity to the question at hand. A regular smoker of marijuana tested above the legal limit to begin with, yet drove without much of a problem (at least initially). Two casual smokers also navigated the course without incident. (Spoiler alert: after smoking more marijuana, things devolve quickly).
 
In 2012, Colorado legislators declined to pass a law that would have limited drivers to 5 nanograms of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, per milliliter of blood.
 
"This is a bit of unprecedented territory, so trying to find the right approach has proven difficult and cumbersome," explained Rep. Dan Pabon, a lawmaker on Colorado's marijuana-legalizing task force, to CBS News in 2012.
 
Washington lawmakers, meanwhile, passed a law in 2012 setting the threshold for legal impairment at 5 nanograms of THC, reports NPR.
 
Ultimately, though, it comes down to common sense. Explains Bob Calkins, a Washington State Patrol spokesman, to The Oregonian, "We don't just pull people over and draw blood... If you're driving OK, we're not going pull you over. But driving impaired is still driving impaired."
 

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Category: Nugs | Posted on Tue, February, 19th 2013 by THCFinder

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