Too high to drive? CO considers pot DUI law
DENVER (KABC) -- Colorado could soon have some new rules affecting marijuana users who may be driving under the influence.
Lawmakers are considering a driving under the influence blood-content threshold for marijuana.
Under the proposal, drivers who test positive for 5 nanograms or more of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, would be considered too impaired to drive.
One of the bill's sponsors is trying to assure medical marijuana users that they're not going to be stopped if they're driving appropriately.
While it's already illegal to drive while impaired by drugs, states have taken different approaches to the issue. Twelve states, including Arizona, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Rhode Island, have a zero-tolerance policy for driving with any presence of an illegal substance, said Anne Teigen, policy specialist at the National Conference of State Legislatures. Minnesota has the same policy but exempts marijuana.
Nevada, which is among the 16 states that allow medical marijuana, and Ohio and have a 2 nanogram THC limit for driving. Pennsylvania has a 5 nanogram limit, but that's a state Health Department guideline, which can be introduced in driving violation cases, Teigen said.
Oklahoma Mom Gets 10 Years for Selling $31 of Marijuana
An Oklahoma woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for selling $31 of marijuana.
Patricia Marilyn Spottedcrow, a 25-year-old mother of four, and her mother, Delita Starr, 50, sold an $11 dime bag to a police informant in Oklahoma on Dec. 31, 2009. The informant returned two weeks later to buy $20 of marijuana. Spottedcrow, who worked in nursing homes before her arrest, told The Oklahoman she did it to get some extra money.
The women were charged with drug distribution and possession of a dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, because Spottedcrow's children were in the house during the transaction. They were offered plea deals of two years in prison but decided to enter a guilty plea instead, a gamble they took because neither had prior convictions and because the amount of drugs sold was so small.
The gamble did not pay off. Spottedcrow was given sentences of 10 years in prison for distribution and two years for possession, to run concurrently. When she was picked up to be taken to prison, she had marijuana in her jacket pocket, which led to another two-year concurrent sentence and a fine of nearly $1,300.
Starr received a suspended sentence of 30 years with no incarceration and five years of drug and alcohol assessments.
Spottedcrow began her sentence at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center three days before Christmas.
Cannabis protester prepared to starve
A TIMARU cancer patient facing a jail term for growing cannabis he uses to alleviate pain says he will go on a hunger strike if he gets locked up.
Peter Davy, 51, has pleaded guilty to cultivating cannabis and to other related drug charges, but says he uses the drug only for medicinal purposes for himself and his partner, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.
It is not the first time he has been before the courts on drug charges and the judge indicated that when Davy is sentenced on March 16 he can expect to receive a jail term.
But Davy is refusing to go quietly.
"I will be going on a hunger strike the moment I am given a prison sentence and I absolutely do not want to be force-fed under any circumstances. I will also be refusing all cancer medication.
"I am 100% committed to continuing with a hunger strike until I am dead," said Davy. "I hate confrontation and I hate publicity, but I have nothing to lose and somebody has to make a stand... or nothing ever changes."
Davy, who has done extensive research into the medicinal benefits of cannabis, says he started smoking cannabis only after he was diagnosed with a pituitary tumour 10 years ago and discovered it helped alleviate the symptoms better than any drugs the doctors could prescribe him.
"Not one legal drug had the slightest beneficial effect. They turned me into a zombie, slowed my brain to a standstill and made it feel like mush, made me suicidal," he said. In desperation he tried cannabis, and it helped.
He did not support the use of cannabis as a recreational drug and accepted its potentially dangerous side, but he believed that for people like himself and his partner, who were in constant pain because of terminal illnesses, cannabis use should be permitted.
10 Facts about medicinal cannabis
Know your buds!
- Treats Migraines
- Slow Tumor Growth
- Relieves Symptoms of chronic disease
- Prevents Alzheimers
- Treats Glaucoma
- Prevents Seizures
- Helps those with ADD and ADHD
- May treat multiple sclerosis
- Helps relieve PMS
- Helps calm those with Tourettes Syndrome and OCD
Cannabis can cure cancer. There is scientific proof. But the medical industry doesn't want you to know.
Listen very closely because this post is important. Recently I have come across different documentaries all speaking of the intense medical potential with hemp oil. It can cure cancer. But also other illnesses. And to anyone who doesn't want to get high, you don't have to. The oil doesn't do that.
To put it simply: Certain compounds in cannabis including THC attack only cancer cells while protecting healthier cells.
Endocannabiniods that exist in Cannabis exist naturally in the human body. They are part of your nervous and immune systems. Whether or not you smoke pot you have these chemicals already present in your body. Some have them more then others, some have them less. They act as tumor regulators, mood regulators, anti-depressant, anti-inflammatories and so on.
Hemp oil works naturally with the body and regulates internal systems.
This is the case of Rick Simpson. Rick Simpson had a serious head injury in 1997. He sought relief from his medical condition by using medicinal hemp oil. Rick then discovered that hemp oil cures cancer as well as other illnesses. He tried to share it as many people as he could. (He now claims to have helped around 2500 people.)
But when his story went public the authorities snatched the medicine - Leaving potentionally thousands of people without their treatmant - and leaving Rick with charges of possessing and traficking marijuana.
Watch the documentary about him entitled Run From The Truth: The Rick Simpson story. In it, among other things, we are told of people who were not allowed to testify on Rick's behalf during his trial. Including a man who was CURED of terminal cancer by Rick.
The documentary can be found on YouTube.
However you can also download the documentary for free on this website. I find that to be easier.
Pay a visit to Rick Simpsons website. It is full of information and there are instructions on how to make your own medicinal hemp oil if you suffer from illness.
Working for the human rights of cannabis consumers
Trees Nonprofit: "Working for the human rights of cannabis consumers". Our Trees non-profit has just begun to sprout. We are in that exciting state of affairs that includes the filling of positions to learning the strengths of our group. As the holidays come to an end the "core" group of Ents will be tuning in on quite a few of the steps of incorporating as a nonprofit in the great state of California. One of our priority goals was choosing our organization's name. We eventually decided to go with CRISPIN (Cannabis Recreation Is Safe Prohibition Is Not) for collateqal use. The official name will be Cannabis Culture Consortium. We feel that name and branding are one of the most critical choices of any start up. We need a unique Brand that defines our non-profits goals without alienating our group from the established reform groups, MPP, NORMAL, LEAP, and SAFER and etc. We have a great group with a multitude of talents, with computer skills, poets, songwriters, business owners, lots of students and a few members with blogs. People of all ages and from all walks of life will be adding their diversity to make us a unique niche force in the pro-cannabis movement. One of our goals is maximizing communication with goals of establishing both Internet and physical communication techniques. From songs and rhymes to the power of the Internet, we will spread the word "The time to end prohibition is now". Another of our core goals is education, one focus will be showing recreation with cannabis is safe. In todays society we have our law enforcement imprisoning and even killing people over various cannabis related crimes, this is an enormous violation of cannabis consumers basic human rights. The herb cannabis has a history, 6,000 years of use by humans for both medicinal purposes and as a sacramental herb that was used by several religious sects. The seed was a very important food source in old China, and is also known to have health benefits. There is a lot of information that we feel every voter in the world should possess if we expect to make a change. At "Trees non-profit" our New Years Resolution is: "Working for the human rights, of cannabis consumers" Happy New Years! http://trees.reddit.com/
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