Fighting Drug Addiction With Marijuana
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, April, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
For decades, Colombia has been searching for ways to treat people who are addicted to basuco, the nation's version of crack cocaine.
Now, the country's capital, Bogota, is considering a new approach: transition users to marijuana.
BBC Mundo reports that the city is interested in trying a pilot program to see if pot helps mitigate the symptoms of withdrawal that basuco users experience. The goal is to minimize the social and health risks that accompany the drug.
Basuco isn't the same as crack, but it's an apt comparison. Like crack, it's smokable and more common among a poorer segment of society.
When it comes to quality, basuco is some of the least pure cocaine out there. The base of the drug is an intermediary product that you get if you're turning coca leaves into cocaine, and it can contain residue from the solvents used in that process, including kerosene. Dealers add things like ash and crushed bricks to give it bulk. For less than a dollar, you can get a short but powerful high.
One expert in Bogota estimates that the city has at least 7,000 "problem users," which means they might take up to 15-20 hits a day, according to BBC Mundo.
To confront the issue, the city is planning to test out "controlled consumption centers," where addicts of hard drugs will be able to consume in a safer environment, with the goal of kicking the habit.
Read more: http://abcnews.go.com
Rhode Island Decriminalizes Marijuana, Dispensaries To Open Soon
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, April, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
Rhode Island has decriminalized marijuana with a measure passed at the beginning of April, so anyone caught with up to an ounce of pot will now face a $150 ticket instead of a misdemeanor criminal charge.
The marijuana decriminalization measure was passed at midnight on April 1, making Rhode Island the latest state to either legalize marijuana or decrease the penalties associated with possession.
Governor Lincoln Chafee had signed the marijuana decriminalization legislation into law in June, though it did not take effect until Monday as officials worked out the enforcement procedures.
For Rhode Island, the marijuana decriminalization measure even longer in the making. In 2006 the state’s General Assembly passed a law establishing a state medical-marijuana program that allowed patients to grow their own cannabis or get it from caregivers, or growers certified by the state.
Read more: http://www.inquisitr.com
Category: Nugs | Posted on Tue, April, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
Trying To Pay Your Cab Fare With Marijuana Will Probably Not Go Over Well
Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
Many people who have taken taxis regularly enough have had to face that dreaded moment when you realize you don’t have enough cash — or you lost your wallet — and you won’t be able to pay the fare. There are ways to handle this, but offering the driver marijuana as barter is probably not the best idea.
Yet that’s what police say happened last weekend here in Philadelphia, where a young man lacked the funds to pay for his cab ride and ended up spending some time behind bars.
Police tell CBS 3 that officers were attempting to ticket the cab for double-parking on Friday night when the driver pointed out that his passenger was trying to stiff him on the fare.
“The guy says let me get some money for you and the cab driver says okay leave me some collateral,” a police rep tells CBS. “So he left his phone. He let him go in, he returns a short time later and he still doesn’t have any money.”
This is when the alleged weed-in-lieu offer was made.
Read more: http://consumerist.com
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