Canada Calls for US to Change Border Policy Regarding Past Pot Use
Canadian officials are hoping they can cleverly persuade the United States government to reconsider its “ridiculous” border policy prohibiting travelers of the northern nation from setting foot on American soil based solely on their admission of using recreational marijuana.
Last Friday, Canada’s Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told CBC’s Power & Politics host Rosemary Barton that allowing U.S. border agents the authority to impose lifetime bans on Canadians simply because they have smoked marijuana at some point in their lives is a “ridiculous situation” that requires a major overhaul in policy.
Cops to Get ‘Potalyzers’ for Roadside Marijuana Tests
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a “potalyzer”—a device that can detect human THC levels, so cops can determine if a motorist is too impaired to drive.
The hand-held device uses sophisticated bio-sensors to detect THC molecules in saliva. Police officers will supposedly be able collect a spit sample with a cotton swab and read the results on a smartphone or laptop in just three minutes.
Using magnetic nanotechnology, a process developed to screen for cancer, the device can detect concentrations of THC in the range of 0 to 50 nanograms per milliliter of saliva. The Satnford press release on the breakthrough, attributed chiefly to lead researcher Shan Wang, states: “While there’s still no consensus on how much THC in a driver’s system is too much, previous studies have suggested a cutoff between 2 and 25 ng/mL, well within the capability of Wang’s device.”
Why is Big Pharma Funding the Fight Against Legal Weed?
A prescription drug company just got caught making a massive donation to oppose legalizing marijuana in Arizona.
A massive cash donation from a prescription drug company to fight against marijuana legalization has cannabis activists charging that Big Pharma has it in for legal pot.
This fall Arizona will be one of five states voting to legalize recreational marijuana, and campaign finance reports recently revealed that the pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics has donated $500,000 to Arizonans For Responsible Drug Policy, the primary group fighting a recreational marijuana legalization measure in the state.
Typically the face of such campaigns have been religious conservatives or tough-on-crime politicians, but as medical marijuana has begun to take a bite out prescription drug sales, those with financial skin in the medicine game have begun to take a more public role in keeping pot illegal.
North Dakota to Get Armed Police Drones
National Public Radio’s The Two-Way blog reports that North Dakota police forces are about to get the nation’s first weaponized drones, following passage of a bill allowing them earlier this year. Ironically, this is coming about in spite of the legislation’s main sponsor, Republican state Rep. Rick Becker. While the law limits the type of weapons permitted to those in the “less than lethal” category—tear-gas, rubber bullets, beanbags, pepper spray and Tasers—the original bill would have entirely barred weapons from police drones. According to The Daily Beast, Becker told a hearing in March: “In my opinion there should be a nice, red line: Drones should not be weaponized. Period.” The original intent of his bill was to require police to obtain a search warrant before using a drone to gather evidence, as well as prohibiting weapons from drones. But to get the provision requiring search warrants passed, Becker had to drop the provision barring weapons.
Oregon’s Cannabis Lab-Testing Program on Verge of Collapse
Under Oregon’s recreational marijuana system, beginning on Oct. 1, all marijuana sold to the public must be tested by an accredited lab for potency and purity.
These testing labs must be accredited by the Oregon Environmental Lab Accreditation Program (ORELAP) and licensed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).
There are, however, only two such labs currently accredited to test a lot of pot—and harvest season is upon us.
Alaska Officials to Issue Cannabis Licenses this Week, Retail Outlets to Open by Year’s End
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