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When are medical marijuana users too high to drive?

Category: News | Posted on Mon, March, 19th 2012 by THCFinder
Do you know when you are too HIGH  too drive? Give us your thoughts below!
 
DENVER - Angeline Chilton says she can't drive unless she smokes pot.
 
The Denver-area woman says she would never get behind the wheel right after smoking, but she does use medical marijuana twice a day to ease tremors caused by multiple sclerosis that previously left her homebound.
 
"I don't drink and drive, and I don't smoke and drive," she said. "But my body is completely saturated with THC."
 
Her case underscores a problem that no one's sure how to solve: How do you tell if someone is too stoned to drive?
 
States that allow medical marijuana have grappled with determining impairment levels for years. Voters in Colorado and Washington state will decide this fall whether to legalize the drug for recreational use, bringing a new urgency to the issue.
 
Driving while impaired by any drug is illegal in all states. But the issue highlights challenges law enforcement officers face using old tools to try to fix a new problem. Most convictions for drugged driving now are based on police observations, followed later by a blood test.
 
Authorities envision a legal threshold for pot that would be comparable to the blood-alcohol standard used to determine drunken driving.
 
But unlike alcohol, marijuana stays in the blood long after the high wears off a few hours after use, and there is no quick test to determine someone's level of impairment - not that scientists haven't been working on it.
 
Dr. Marilyn Huestis of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a government research lab, says that soon there will be a saliva test to detect recent marijuana use.
 
Government officials say that does not address the question of impairment.
 
"I'll be dead - and so will lots of other people - from old age before we know the impairment levels" for marijuana and other drugs, said White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske.
 

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Richard Branson asked for weed at the White House

Category: News | Posted on Mon, March, 19th 2012 by THCFinder
When you go to a White House state dinner and you’re lucky enough to get some face time with the president, what do you ask the president?
 
“I asked him if I could have a spliff,” businessman and Virgin Group honcho Richard Branson told a crowd gathered at The Atlantic’s Washington offices Thursday, the day after attending the dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron.
 
“But they didn’t have any,” Branson continued, according to a video of the event as he recalled his effort to procure weed the night before at the White House.
 
What’s he smoking? Well, Branson is a longtime advocate for the legalization of marijuana — and an admitted recreational pot puffer — and spoke at an Atlantic Exchange panel discussion titled “Benchmarching the War on Drugs.” Branson appeared alongside The Atlantic’s Washington Editor-At-Large Steve Clemons and Ethan Nadelmann, the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.
 
 

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Roc-A-Fella founder Kareem Burke pleads guilty in NY marijuana case

Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 16th 2012 by THCFinder
(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - A former Jay-Z business partner and founder of the Roc-A-Fella record label pleaded guilty Thursday to marijuana distribution charges. 
 
The New York Daily News reports Kareem (Biggs) Burke, 38, was arrested in October 2010 along with more than 50 other people for conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilos of marijuana, said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.
 
The suspects were caught during a federal drug sting called "Operation Green Venom," targeting a wholesale marijuana ring in New York and Florida.
 
Authorities seized nearly $2 million and more than 260 pounds of marijuana in the probe. The government said a raid on Burke's residence in New Jersey produced the remains of a marijuana growing operation and $15,000 in cash.
 
Burke entered the plea Thursday in federal court. Burke started Roc-A-Fella with Jay-Z and Damon Dash in the 1990s. The trip split up in 2004.
 
Burke faces five to six years in prison at a May 18 sentencing.
 

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California is Taking Away Children Of Medical Cannabis Patients

Category: News | Posted on Fri, March, 16th 2012 by THCFinder
Where is exactly is our freedom these days? It seems that if we cough or sneeze in the wrong direction we can have anything and everything stripped away from us as fast as a blink of an eye. Seems more like do what we say when we say or else...
 
Several legal, qualified medical marijuana patients recently have had their children taken away by the Butte County, California Children's Services Division. In response, the NORML Women's Alliance last Friday put forward a complaint to the Grand Jury of Butte County requesting an investigation into the County Children's Services Division for the agency's perceived and widespread misconduct.
 
"The questionable actions and perceived misconduct by the Butte County CSD has compelled us to file an official request for an investigation by the Grand Jury in Butte County," Sabrina Fendrick of the NORML Women's Alliance told Toke of the Town from Washington, D.C., on Thursday afternoon. 
 

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Denver Marijuana Law Vote: Amendment 64 Wins Majority Support In Republican Assembly

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 15th 2012 by THCFinder
Fifty-six percent of the delegates at the Denver County Republican Assembly voted in support of a resolution to regulate marijuana like alcohol in the Centennial State. While the initiative, known as Amendment 64, did not receive the two-thirds majority required to adopt it as a plank in the party's platform, advocates are hailing the vote as significant.
 
"It is impressive and encouraging that a majority of some of the most active Republicans in Denver voted to endorse the initiative," wrote the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in a statement. "As more and more Colorado citizens see their friends and neighbors voicing their opposition to marijuana prohibition, we expect support for the initiative will continue to grow."
 
The Assembly, which voted Saturday on the initiative, did adopt a resolution affirming that medical marijuana is a 10th Amendment issue that should be left to the states.
 
Under a medical marijuana law enacted in 2000, Colorado patients with a note from their physician can access marijuana from a dispensary. But federal prosecutors have ramped up enforcement around medical marijuana in recent months, resulting in the closure of dozens of dispensaries around the state.
 
The vote comes shortly after television evangelist Pat Robertson took to the airwaves on "The 700 Club" to condemn arrests for marijuana possession.
 
"On the heels of the Pat Robertson endorsement of Amendment 64, it is great to see increasing support for regulating marijuana like alcohol across the ideological spectrum," the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol added.
 

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"Legalize Medical Marijuana" billboard targeting seniors

Category: News | Posted on Thu, March, 15th 2012 by THCFinder
MIAMI, FL (CBS4) - A South Florida man is setting out to promote the use of medical marijuana.
 
Billboards are popping up along Sample Road in Broward County that are targeting senior citizens.
 
The more ornate billboard says, 'Legalize Medical Marijuana.  I'm a patient not a criminal' and another depicts an elderly person in a wheelchair.
 
Down the road, another billboard reads 'Reschedule Medical Marijuana, one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man." CBS4's Cynthia Demos spoke with folks who drove by the billboard.
 
"For my family I don't like it," said Roseanne Alves.
 
"Marijuana is a gateway drug," said Zed Castro.
 
The billboards are the work of 69-year-old Robert Platshorn.
 
Platshorm said he spent 30 years in prison for smuggling marijuana, a substance he says can help people and shouldn't be illegal.  He doesn't want others sent to prison for what he calls, 'not committing a crime', so he is trying to make it legal.
 
"The billboard is a way to bring attention to the cause," Platshorn said.  In the four years he's been out of prison he started his cause, "The Silver Tour" to promote the legalization of marijuana for seniors.
 
"They have the time, the inclination and the need," he said.
 

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