Colorado medical marijuana making way into Nebraska
Lawmaker mulls measure that establishes pot driving impairment level
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — A state lawmaker is considering introducing a measure that would establish a marijuana driving impairment level similar to the 0.08 blood alcohol level.
The Denver Post reports that Boulder Democrat Rep. Claire Levy plans to sponsor a measure that sets the threshold for the active ingredient of marijuana in the bloodstream at 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood.
Vagueness in current state law plus concern over the rising use of medical marijuana prompted the ColoradoCommission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice to draft a proposal.
Several states have zero-tolerance policies for THC or its metabolites, while Pennsylvania and handful of other states have established a 5 nanogram per milliliter of blood limit.
Spanish Cannabis Club May Have A Hard Future
A Spanish club that allows members to smoke marijuana joints has opened in Madrid, but its future is uncertain due to imminent anti-smoking laws. The Private Cannabis Club opened last month within a Madrid bar and restaurant and is run by an association that argues it is within the bounds of a law that allows consumption of cannabis if it is in private.
“We do not allow the public in, it is strictly a private association so we only allow in members,” Spokeswoman Alicia Mendez said from the club located near the Spanish airport. She continued to say that “We do not sell drugs nor do we promote the consumption of drugs. We are simply a place where people with a shared interest meet.”
Personal consumption of marijuana in private was legal, however, mendez said, and members were allowed to do so inside the private club, which had been registered as an association. “The consumption of cannabis is not only for recreational but also therapeutic,” she said. So this is just one step closer to true legalization as all we can do is wait to see what the Spanish authorities to if they even do anything.
Willie Nelson Charged with Misdemeanor for Marijuana Possession
After Willie Nelson's arrest last week (Nov. 26) for marijuana possession, the country star managed to steer clear of felony charges and walked away with a misdemeanor.
The southern superstar was originally suspected of carrying six ounces of the narcotic, which was found on his tour bus while traveling from California to Texas. Nelson faced felony charges with a maximum sentence of two years in prison plus a $10,000 fine. Officials later determined the amount of marijuana to be four ounces, earning the 77-year-old a $4,000 fine and maximum one-year prison term. However, according to TMZ.com, Nelson will not be jailed.
In an interview with 'Rolling Stone,' Mickey Raphael, a harmonica player for Nelson, revealed that the 'Country Music' performer was in high spirits since he was arrested and subsequently released. "He said he feels great - he lost six ounces," Raphael said.
Dick DeGuerin, a Texas criminal defense lawyer, questioned the lawfulness of the search. DeGuerin pointed out that officials searched the vehicle 100 miles from the Mexican border.
"It's supposed to be a checkpoint only for aliens, and [agents] overstep their authority all the time," explained DeGuerin, who recently represented former politician Tom Delay and country singer Billy Joe Shaver. "I've had several cases from that checkpoint and they just use the opportunity to check out anybody they want to. If you have long hair, if you're driving a van or it looks like you're from California or you look like a hippie, they do profiling."
Dutch cities to start crackdown on marijuana cafes
San Diego drug tunnel discoveries, seizures of 50 tons of marijuana
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent walks in a tunnel which authorities found Nov. 25, and say was used to carry drugs into the United States to an Otay Mesa warehouse Thursday, Dec. 2, in San Diego, Calif. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are seeking help from Otay Mesa warehouse owners and tenants after the discovery of two major cross-border drug tunnels last month that resulted in seizueres of about 50 tons of marijuana.
An ICE agent looks into the entrance of a tunnel Thursday, Dec. 2, in San Diego, Calif., which authorities found Nov. 25, and say was used to carry drugs into the United States. At right are bags of dirt from the tunnel.
A member of the Mexican Army guards the tunnel discovered by Mexican and U.S. authorities, the second found this month, in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 26. The tunnel goes from a house in Tijuana to a store in the industrial area in Otay Mesa, Calif., and is about 800 meters long,according to first reports.
An ICE agent stands guard in front of blocks of marijuana in an industrial building near the Mexican border in Otay Mesa, Calif.. U.S. border police have found a sophisticated smuggler's tunnel the length of six football fields linking Southern California with Mexico and believed to have been used by drug traffickers
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