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One toke over the line? Smoking pot linked to crash risk?

Category: News | Posted on Mon, February, 13th 2012 by THCFinder

Even tho Alcohol is present the most in crashes, marijuana is now being said to double the risk of a crash or fatal accident if you driven within 3 hours of smoking.  The problem is there are multiple studies that have been released over the years showing the exact opposte of what this study is claiming.

 

If you take a look at this pargraph from Norml.org "Although cannabis intoxication has been shown to mildly impair psychomotor skills, this impairment does not appear to be severe or long lasting. In driving simulator tests, this impairment is typically manifested by subjects decreasing their driving speed and requiring greater time to respond to emergency situations.Nevertheless, this impairment does not appear to play a significant role in on-road traffic accidents. A 2002 review of seven separate studies involving 7,934 drivers reported, “Crash culpability studies have failed to demonstrate that drivers with cannabinoids in the blood are significantly more likely than drug-free drivers to be culpable in road crashes.

 

This result is likely because subject under the influence of marijuana are aware of their impairment and compensate for it accordingly, such as by slowing down and by focusing their attention when they know a response will be required. This reaction is just the opposite of that exhibited by drivers under the influence of alcohol, who tend to drive in a more risky manner proportional to their intoxication." you can clearly see that this study goes against the other, so who's telling the truth?

 

Ever wonder if there should be a breathalyzer for substances other than alcohol? Well, a new study may make the case.

 
Researchers from Dalhousie University have found that people who smoke marijuana up to three hours before driving are twice as likely to cause a car, bus or motorcycle crash as those with no drugs or alcohol in their system.
 
Indeed, the researchers suggest marijuana “impairs brain and motor functions needed for safe driving,” the BBC reports.
 
The study, which appears in the British Medical Journal, is a meta-analysis of nine studies of close to 50,000 people worldwide who had been in serious or fatal crashes in cars, sport utility vehicles, vans, trucks, buses and motorcycles featured in the studies.
 
All studies tested for tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the active chemical in cannabis, by analyzing blood samples or using direct reports of cannabis use from those involved.
 
Most studies used one nanogram per millilitre of cannabis or any amount greater than zero as the cut-off for a positive test result, with one study using a 2ng/ml cut-off, the BBC reports.
 
There was an almost double risk of a driver being involved in a collision resulting in serious injury or death if cannabis had been consumed less than three hours before.
 

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Ryan Bailey, Medical Marijuana Grower, Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison

Category: News | Posted on Mon, February, 13th 2012 by THCFinder

Sentencing an individual to 6 years in prison which will most definetely be a life changing experience seems extremely harsh for someone who was simply growing plants. Yes those plant might be illegal but the majority of people across this planet can see that those reasons are not valid and have no true backing to their claims. How can we send away someone for 6 years for growing mairjuana when rapists, robbers, and even murders get off with shorter sentences? Are we telling the public you are better off robbing a bank than growing a plant?

A medical marijuana grower who was caught with dozens of pounds of weed in Chicago was sentenced to six years in prison Friday.
 
Ryan Bailey, 29, was a mortgage broker in Chicago before he moved to Colorado to get into the medical marijuana business, CBS Chicago reports.
 
Bailey was allegedly holding a package of marijuana on March 9, 2010, when Chicago police raided a Northwest Side home. The drugs had been shipped to the city, but he was only charged with possession. About a year later, he was busted again -- this time in Colorado.
 
Though medical marijuana is legal in Colorado and his wife operates a medical marijuana dispensary, he allegedly was caught growing more than 600 plants. Colorado's medical marijuana law states that a patient can grow six plants a month for personal use, and "caregivers" can grow more -- but not that much more, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
 
Before he was sentenced by Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood, prosecutors called Bailey the ringleader of a drug opearion that shipped 42 pounds of marijuana to a Chicago home, CBS reports. Judge Flood then handed down the six-year sentence. He is still awaiting trial on felony charges in Colorado.
 
“Some people in the industry have gotten lucky,” Bailey told the Sun-Times. “Other guys like me have gotten caught in the system.”
 

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Brit Jailed In Dubai For 4 Years For Speck Of Marijuana On Shoe

Category: News | Posted on Fri, February, 10th 2012 by THCFinder

WTF is wrong with these government idiots? How can you justify sending someone to jail for 4 years over a microscopic piece of weed they found on the bottom of this guys shoe? What if he happened to walk across someones spilt weed, how can any goverment send someone away for 4 years based on something so insignificant?

A father-of-three who was found with a microscopic speck of cannabis stuck to the bottom of one of his shoes has been sentenced to four years in a Dubai prison.
 
Keith Brown, a council youth development officer, was travelling through the United Arab Emirates on his way back to England when he was stopped as he walked through Dubai’s main airport.
 
A search by customs officials uncovered a speck of cannabis weighing just 0.003g – so small it would be invisible to the naked eye and weighing less than a grain of sugar – on the tread of one of his shoes.
 
Dubai International Airport is a major hub for the Middle East and thousands of Britons pass through it every year to holiday in the glamorous beach and shopping haven.
 
But many of those tourists and business travellers are likely to be unaware of the strict zero-tolerance drugs policy in the UAE.
 
One man has even been jailed for possession of three poppy seeds left over from a bread roll he ate at Heathrow Airport. Painkiller codeine is also banned.
 
If suspicious of a traveller, customs officials can use high-tech equipment to uncover even the slightest trace of drugs.
 
Mr Brown was detained and arrested in September last year and has been held in a cell with three other men in the city prison ever since.
 
This week the youth worker, who has two young children and a partner at home in Smethwick, West Midlands, was sentenced to four years in prison.
 

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NYPD Marijuana Crusade Is Going Too Far

Category: News | Posted on Thu, February, 9th 2012 by THCFinder

Here is a great expample of why Marijuana should be legalized, why should an 18 year old teen be killed becuase cops thought he had weed on him. Was it really worth their time to track this kid down then kill him over a plant? I think the answer is clear and obvious to anyone who reads this story.

 

An 18-year-old teenager, Ramarley Graham, was killed in his home in the Bronx last week by plainclothes cops. A member of the narcotics unit shot the unarmed teenager in his bathroom. 

 

While details of the tragedy are still unfolding, it appears that the teen had a small amount of marijuana on him, so walked home to get away from the cops because he didn't want to be arrested. The cops followed him, broke into his home and killed him in his bathroom while he was trying to flush a small amount of marijuana down the toilet. The police officer who shot Graham said he believed the young man had a gun. He did not -- no weapons were found.
 
 
The bottom line is that an 18-year-old is dead because of the insane marijuana arrest crusade by the NYPD.
 

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Man jailed in Japan for Cheeba Chews, reportedly to be released

Category: News | Posted on Thu, February, 9th 2012 by THCFinder

Lucky for him he avoided being sent to Jail for up to 10 years in Japan!

‚ÄčTim Wilson, a 25-year-old Colorado man arrested last year after Japanese authorities say he conspired to have marijuana candies sent to the weed-intolerant island nation will finally be coming home, according to 9News.
The station quotes Wilson's family as saying he received a "suspended sentence" and should be back on American soil soon.
 
We brought you Wilson's story last November. The honors student was studying abroad and helping out with earthquake relief efforts when a friend sent him a care package containing Cheeba Chews, a popular, THC-laced treats. Wilson never received the package, but still faced up to ten years in Japanese prison, as officials said he requested that his friend send him the edibles.
 
The Japanese courts pointed to an e-mail between Wilson and his friend in which Wilson jokingly said it "would be a good idea" to send marijuana oversees. Wilson adamantly insisted that the joke was lost in translation and that he had never actually requested the candies be sent to him. He contends that he had no way of knowing his friend would be such a fucking moron do such a blatantly illegal thing.
 
No word on exactly when Wilson -- a card-carrying medical marijuana patient -- will be back in Colorado. We'll try and catch up with him when he does. But in the meantime, I hope Wilson's friend has a nice big apology bowl waiting for him.
 

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Medical marijuana card not a license to smoke on probation, court rules

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 7th 2012 by THCFinder

At what point shoudl anyone be able to tell you if you can or cannot take your medication for your ailments? How is this ethical at all? Is the Judge also a doctor who is licensed to tell you weather or not you are able to go off your medication? Anyone else here see something wrong about this, I don't recall a Judge ever telling anyoen they couldn't take their Tylenol...

 

The Colorado Court of Appeals has weighed in on the question of whether a medical marijuana patient can smoke while completing a probationary sentence that specifically nixes drug use. The judges' answer in a decision on view below? A resounding "no" justified in part by references to the case of Jason Beinor, a medical marijuana patient who was fired from his job as a street sweeper after failing a random drug test.
 
The man at the center of the latest controversy is Leonard Charles Watkins. At the time of a 2010 package by 9News, Watkins was reportedly on probation in Arapahoe County following a 2005 conviction involving sexual assault on a child. Nonetheless, a judge had sanctioned his use of MMJ, much to the chagrin of 18th Judicial District DA Carol Chambers. In an e-mail statement to 9News, Chambers wrote, "Does anyone think it's a good idea to allow a convicted sex offender to get high? People on probation have admitted to violating the law. There are different public safety concerns and different laws that apply to them than apply to the rest of the community."
 
Chambers's office subsequently appealed the decision allowing cannabis medication. Hence, the current case, in which Watkins argued that Amendment 20, which legalized medical marijuana in Colorado, "is paramount and necessarily prevails" over probation rules that forbid him from using or possessing "any narcotic, dangerous or abusable substance without a prescription."
 

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