Marijuana Can Be Covered In Mold, E.Coli, Insect Parts And Pollutants
Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
Researchers at the University of New Haven in Connecticut took a close look at some marijuana under their microscopes and found something disturbing: mold, invisible to the naked eye. And it has made the scientists concerned that marijuana users could unknowingly be smoking contaminants along with their weed.
Mold isn't the only thing that has been found on marijuana -- mildew, insect parts, salmonella and E.Coli are just a handful of substances that can also be found in marijuana, said Heather Miller Coyle, forensic botanist and associate professor at New Haven who was involved in the study, to The Associated Press.
Now that Colorado and Washington have legalized recreational use of marijuana, and twenty states and Washington D.C. have legalized medical marijuana, Coyle is busy working on a new and faster process that will create DNA profiles of potentially harmful substances on marijuana to aid in their detection and the quality control of the plant.
Although the Department of Justice announced that it will allow Colorado and Washington's new recreational pot laws proceed, marijuana remains illegal under federal law and that means that government agencies like the Food and Drug Administration won't oversee the testing and policing of the products.
So it's up to the states to come up with a testing and certification process.
"It's important for us to do it because it's public safety and there's no U.S. FDA oversight here," said Randy Simmons, the Washington State Liquor Control Board project manager in charge of implementing Initiative 502 which legalized marijuana for recreational use, to NBC News. "Things that would be FDA rules don't exist."
Many states, including Washington and Colorado, already require quality control testing of marijuana.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
Liquor And Cannabis Don't Mix In WA
Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
Washington recently legalized the use of cannabis for all users. For most, this is a good thing. But as usual, there has to be someone who doesn't agree with cannabis and is trying to block it out. In Washington, the Liquor Control Board is trying to prevent the merge of booze and pot by preventing stoners from toking at bars and nightclubs. Although the two don't always mix well, the amount of profit that bars could make from allowing cannabis use on the premise would be amazing.
The board filed a draft of a rule that would ban any business with a liquor license from allowing marijuana use on the site. The main concern with mixing the two substances is a valid one; the amount of accidents of patrons leaving may increase. Alcohol and marijuana do not mix well for everyone so someone who's been drinking and smoking all night should not be behind the wheel. No one who's been drinking at all should be behind the wheel, while we're at it.
Currently, the legalization law states that people cannot smoke in public places, including bars, restaurants, and clubs. Some business owners have been trying to get around that law, by allowing "private clubs" inside the business. Frankie's Schnarr, owner of Frankie's Sports Bar And Grill in Olympia, says that not allowing marijuana in his bar will hurt his business. Not only will people stay home to smoke and drink, but they'll just be smoking outside the doors, where others are puffing on cigarettes. At least if the stoners are allowed inside, the amount of marijuana that they consume can be monitored by the bartenders and the bouncers, who's job includes recognizing how intoxicated people are.
If the bars were allowed to serve cannabis as well as alcohol, it would be easier for the employees to see who was ingesting what. People drink far too much alcohol all the time. With people who don't like to drink but would like to be involved in a social setting, allowing cannabis would get people like this out of the house, where they feel like they're stuck since there's no real place for cannabis users to get together and hang out. If you don't want people drinking and smoking, good luck. The two will continue to be used together, no matter what measures are put in place to stop it.
New Process Detects Contaminants In Marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
WEST HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – The microscope at the University of New Haven, set at 10-times magnification, shows a marijuana leaf covered with dozens of tiny bumps. It’s mold, and someone, somewhere could be smoking similarly contaminated pot and not have a clue.
Heather Miller Coyle, a forensic botanist and associate professor at the university, says all sorts of nasty things not visible to the naked eye have been found in marijuana – mold, mildew, insect parts, salmonella and E. coli, to name a few.
That’s why Coyle and her students earlier this year began developing a new process to detect contaminants in marijuana through DNA profiling and analysis. The aim is to be able to identify potentially harmful substances through a testing method that could make the analysis easier and quicker for labs across the country in the developing industry of marijuana quality control testing.
Twenty states and Washington, D.C., now allow medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation, and Washington state and Colorado have legalized the recreational pot use. Connecticut and Washington state already require testing and other states are doing the same, spawning a testing industry.
“If there’s no certification … it’s like saying we don’t check our meat for mad cow disease,” Coyle said. “That’s our goal as a private university, to develop the tools to address or mediate this issue.”
A number of labs around the country are testing marijuana for contaminants using different methods, many of which have been around for decades and used to test other plants, including food crops, for harmful substances.
The health effects of marijuana tainted with mold, pesticides and other contaminants aren’t clear, said Mason Tvert, a Colorado-based spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington, D.C. The project was founded in 1995 to lobby for the reduction or elimination of penalties for marijuana use.
Read more: http://denver.cbslocal.com
Marijuana Use "Unacceptable" For Driving, Nation's Drug Cops Warn
Category: News | Posted on Tue, December, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
Even a tiny bit stoned is too stoned to drive, according to President Barack Obama's drug czar, who is issuing a warning on the danger posed by marijuana-smoking drivers.
Smoking marijuana before getting behind the wheel is "quite dangerous," according to
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy director Gil Kerlikowske, whose message is that "even a little intoxicated on marijuana is unacceptable," according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
However, a set of conflicting studies appear to give evidence for both Kerlikowske's warnings as well as marijuana advocates who say law enforcement is stirring up baseless worry reminiscent of reefer madness, the newspaper noted.
In Colorado, traffic fatalities dipped 16 percent from 2006 to 2011 -- during which time the state's medical marijuana industry expanded greatly -- but fatalities involving marijuana expanded 114 percent, the newspaper reported.
There are other studies, like one conducted in 2012 at Dalhousie University Medical School in Canada, that says marijuana-impaired drivers are three times as likely to get into an accident -- and for every one like that, there are ones like the 2011 review that suggested marijuana users are substituting smoking for drinking alcohol and staying home rather than driving.
Read more: http://www.nbcbayarea.com
Colorado Governor Calls For Over $7 Million To Fund Marijuana-Related Research
Category: News | Posted on Sat, November, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
In his 2014 budget proposal Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is calling for over $7 million in funding for “legitimate” studies examining the medical benefits of cannabis. Under the proposal, grants sized between $500,000 and $1 million would be distributed to universities, research hospitals, foundations and so forth, in order to study cannabis’ effect on conditions such as epilepsy, and post-traumatic stress disorder..
“The impetus is that we have about $13 million in the Medical Marijuana [Program] Cash Fund, and it needs to be used for purposes that relate to the people who paid for their medical-marijuana cards,” says Henry Sobanet, Director of the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting. “And the impetus really was that now there appears to be ways where legitimate research can be conducted on the use of cannabis or marijuana for medical purposes.”
If the state’s legislature approves this portion of the budget, the program – which consists of a full time administrator to oversee grant distribution – will begin in July of next year.
Members Of Congress To California U.S. Attorney: Back Off Marijuana Prosecutions
Category: News | Posted on Thu, November, 28th 2013 by THCFinder
U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag sits in a district with some of the most well-known and respected medical marijuana dispensaries in the country. But she has her own reputation for being one of the fiercest enforcers of the federal marijuana prohibition in her territory, the Northern District of California. So when the Department of Justice directed prosecutors in August not to target those medical marijuana dispensaries complying with a robust state regulatory system, Haag was undeterred in her crusade to take on these dispensaries, saying she didn’t expect a “significant change” in her approach.
And she hasn’t disappointed. In the ensuing months, she has continued her aggressive pursuit to seize two Bay Area dispensaries that even the cities where they are housed have defended vigorously in court, saying they are crucial to public health.
Now, her members of Congress aren’t having it. Four California Democratic house members sent a letter to Haag cautioning that her hostility toward dispensaries is not only “counterproductive and economically prohibitive;” it also “appears to directly counter the spirit of Deputy Attorney General Cole’s memo, and is in direct opposition to the evolving view toward medical marijuana, the will of the people and, by now, common sense.”
In a released excerpt from their letter, Reps. Barbara Lee, George Miller, Sam Farr, and Eric Swalwell tell Haag that the “harassment and constant threat of prosecution should end.”
Haag has claimed that her prosecutions comport with the Justice Department’s guidance. But her suggestion that she is targeting these dispensaries because they are large and commercial conflicts directly with the Justice Department’s instruction that the commercial nature and size of a dispensary not be a basis for prosecution.
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