Washington Plans Marijuana DUI Patrols for Hempfest
Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
The world’s largest pot rally hits the Seattle waterfront this weekend, and the event marks the start of Washington State’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (whose draft press release was redistributed by counties across the state).
The campaign runs from August 16 through September 2, and will especially focus on catching stoned drivers, according to the Commission. Washington state voters legalized cannabis last November, and also set a THC blood limit for drivers—anyone who tests at 5 nanograms THC per milliliter of blood is guilty of a DUI.
The provision was widely criticized by medical marijuana activists opposed to Initiative 502, who claimed it would prohibit pot patients from driving, and would lead to a spike in marijuana DUIs. Last April, a state toxicologist reported no such spike to the state legislature.
That same month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police must obtain a warrant to draw blood from DUI suspects, and to help substantiate such warrants, the state has trained hundreds of police as “drug recognition experts.” With over 100,000 attendees expected at Seattle Hempfest this weekend, some of those smokers are sure to encounter a marijuana DUI patrol.
6 medical marijuana shops back in business in Fort Collins
Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Thu, August, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana stores are back in Fort Collins, with six opening across the city in recent weeks.
As many as 14 are slated to open after voters in the 2012 election overturned a ban on the stores. After going dark for more than a year, the businesses are working to restart grow operations and attract clients.
“I have to build it up from scratch again,” said Donald Cruinkshank, 51, owner of A Kind Place on North College Avenue.
He opened his doors July 30 after paying four to five months’ rent while waiting for the city’s approval process. But on opening day, there was no line of customers outside.
“No rush,” he said. “It’s been pretty slow.”
And the costs to get rolling stack up. Ken Correia, owner of Solace Meds on Smokey Street, estimates about $60,000 spent on rent, licensing and other costs.
“Major strains not only on business, but on my personal financial situation,” he said. “I don’t know how a lot of the guys got through it. It was definitely difficult.”
The number of Larimer County residents who can legally shop in the stores is down to nearly half of its peak, with about 4,620 licensed medical-marijuana patients now living here. That is supplemented in part by visiting medical-marijuana users from elsewhere in Colorado.
But medical-marijuana vendors getting in business now could be tapping a gold mine when recreational sales begin in Colorado next year. In communities allowing recreational stores, the state is giving medical-marijuana dispensaries a head start on serving recreational users. They can begin applying Oct. 1 to serve anyone 21 and older. Any other potential business owner has to wait until July 2014 to apply, according to state regulations.
Read more: http://www.coloradoan.com
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