California Legislation wants to ban Vaporizers
Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
The California legislature is considering a bill that would ban the use of e-cigarettes and similar smokeless vaporizers in areas where tobacco smoking is banned (SB 648 – Sen. Corbett).
The Assembly should reject SB 648 on the grounds that vaporizers offer a proven, beneficial “harm reduction” substitute for medical marijuana users by reducing exposure to harmful smoke toxins while at the same time posing no second-hand smoke hazard to the public.
Though SB 648 was approved by the State Senate as a bill against tobacco e-cigarettes, it would adversely impact use of vaporizers by medical marijuana patents. Current state law (HSC 110945 b) defines e-cigarettes as “device[s] that can provide an inhalable dose of nicotine by delivering a vaporized solution.” This includes a wide range of vaporization devices now widely used for medical marijuana and other herbs, as well as tobacco and nicotine.
Vaporizers are designed to eliminate the respiratory hazards of smoking by eliminating the combustion that produces the smoke. Regular pipes and cigarettes produce carcinogenic tars, particulates and other smoke toxins that are a byproduct of burning leaves. Vaporizers don’t produce these toxins because they don’t burn anything, but rather evaporate an underlying solution or preparation of nicotine, cannabis, etc. at much lower temperatures.
Laboratory studies sponsored by California NORML have shown that vaporizers can effectively eliminate carcinogenic tars, benzene, naphthalene, toluene, and other respiratory toxins from inhaled marijuana.
A study by California’s Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research found that vaporizers are an effective alternative delivery system to smoking for medical marijuana users (Dr. Donald Abrams, “Vaporization as a ‘Smokeless’ Cannabis Delivery System.”) Vaporizers have since become standard in medical cannabis research and are widely used by patients in places where smoking is banned.
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Girl Taken From Parents Who Smoked Marijuana, Gave Her To A Murderous Foster Mother
Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
A little girl was confiscated from her loving parents because they smoked marijuana, and given away to a foster mother who put her into a coma and killed her. Alexandria Hill, age 2, succumbed to her injuries after being “thrown to the ground.”
“We never hurt our daughter. She was never sick, she was never in the hospital, and she never had any issues until she went into state care,” said Joshua Hill, the girl’s natural father.
Hill says that his daughter was put in to more than one dangerous foster home.
“She would come to visitation with bruises on her, and mold and mildew in her bag. It got to a point where I actually told CPS that they would have to have me arrested because I wouldn’t let her go back,” said Hill.
The girl was then moved to a different foster home, under the care of Sherill Small in Rockdale, and Hill says things seemed safe there. However, appearances were deceiving.
On Monday night, Hill got an urgent call to come to the hospital. When he got there , he found his daughter in a coma. She died 2 days later.
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Butane used to extract marijuana oil caused car explosion
POKANE, Wash. -- Spokane Police and Spokane Fire Department investigated a car explosion on Sunday afternoon that left a man with serious burns and injured his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. Officials believe it to be accidental, however charges may be filed.
A witness said he felt the explosion from afar.
"I heard an explosion. It felt like the house shook," said Derrik Coulter. "There was shrapnel everywhere. The windshield looked like it went probably 200 feet."
Coulter said the man was calling out for his daughter and appeared to have serious burns on his body. The witness said he and his neighbor grabbed the daughter out of the car window.
"A few minor burns. Some burned hair. But the baby wasn't hurt that bad," Coulter said. "She had a couple minor burns. And she didn't seem like she was in any kind of major trauma, but he was burned pretty bad."
Officials said they are processing the car for evidence and both victims were hospitalized with serious injuries. Officials said the father's burns were so severe he was transported to Harborview Burn Center in Seattle. Authorities said that both of them are okay despite their injuries.
"He just kept saying 'I'm sorry Danny, I'm sorry Danny.' You could tell he was just in total shock of what happened," Coulter said. "It was pretty sad."
Officials said the explosion tore off the roof of the car and damaged nearby buildings. Bomb Squads responded to process to car.
Investigators said they believe that the driver was trying to use cans of butane with a THC generator prior to the explosion. A THC generator is used to extract oils from marijuana to make the drug more potent. Officials said the practice is extremely dangerous.
The driver allegedly placed the items in the back seat of the car and lit a cigarette. It is believed that caused vapors in the car to explode as it was moving eastbound on Garland.
Videos show cops searching women's genitals for marijuana
Two disturbing videos, posted online Monday, appear to show Texas cops taking extreme and assaultive measures when searching two women for marijuana possession. The cops perform a full cavity search — including searching the stopped women’s vaginas and anuses — saying at one point in the recording, “We’re going to find it.” Crucially, in neither video were the women stopped for probable cause of marijuana possession; the police stopped one woman for speeding and the other for littering.
As Think Progress noted:
These searches almost certainly violate the Constitution. Although police do have broad latitude to search a vehicle when they have probable cause to believe that they will uncover contraband within, it is quite a stretch to extend these precedents to this most intimate of searches. As the Supreme Court explained in a 2009 decision regarding a student who was strip searched by school administrators, “both subjective and reasonable societal expectations of personal privacy support the treatment of such a search as categorically distinct, requiring distinct elements of justification on the part of school authorities for going beyond a search of outer clothing and belongings.”
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Uruguay To Sell Legal Marijuana At Low Price Of $2.5 Per Gram To Compete With Black Market
Good news, Uruguayan potheads -- your weed habit is about to get a whole lot cheaper.
Uruguay's lower house passed an unprecedented bill last week that legalizes marijuana and regulates the production, distribution, and sale of weed for adult consumers. El Pais now reports via Univision that the bill fixes the price of marijuana around $2.50 per gram. The bill is up for vote in the Senate, where it is expected to be passed, and finally signed into law by President José Mujica, a longtime supporter of drug reform.
The debate surrounding the bill is nothing new: critics point to potential health and welfare consequences, while supporters hail the attempt to pragmatically address the widespread use of marijuana and the systemic failures of the global war on drugs. And as The Economist points out, countries like Portugal and the Netherlands have significantly decriminalized the possession and use of small amounts of pot.
What sets Uruguay's bill apart, however, is that it provides for government control over the entire marijuana industry, from cultivation to consumption. Individual citizens, cooperatives, and private companies can grow a specified amount of weed each month, though it may only be sold to consumers by state-run pharmacies. Purchasers will have to register with the state and will be limited to 40 grams per month.
Such regulations could deter Uruguay's 120,000 or so marijuana users from leaving the black market, which is where the price point comes into play. Foreign Policy's Park MacDougald notes that the government has two tools at its disposal to lure customers into the legal market it seeks to create: affordability and quality control. While InSight Crime reports that the current cost of pot varies by region and can reach up to about $5 per gram, Julio Calzada, Uruguay's drug czar, told El Pais that the proposed fixed price of $2.50 per gram is on par with the going underground rates, the hope being that the competitive pricing will attract users to the legal market without providing a profit incentive for resale in the black market.
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Cannabis discovered growing in Newport council potted plants
Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
A flower box in a public street in Wales has been found to have been growing weed among its flowers, sparking up an investigation by Newport Council to work out who planted them – and then harvested them before they could be removed by officials.
The BBC reports local businessman Dean Beddis spotted the illegal plants among begonias and petunias.
"I had never seen cannabis growing in the wild before so it was crazy to see it," Beddis told BBC.
"It's actually rather a beautiful plant and stood out wonderfully. But they have gone now. I don't know who took them."
Council officers are now scouring CCTV footage and getting the police involved.
While councillor Rhys Hutchings saw an amusing side.
"It's either kids or the Newport underworld community - I'm pretty sure it's not Alan Titchmarsh," he joked.
The Gwent Police admit they’ll struggle for a conviction now the plants are gone.
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