Federal Drug Agency Denies Marijuana Is Less Toxic Than Alcohol
Category: News | Posted on Tue, August, 20th 2013 by THCFinder
The National Institute on Drug Abuse released an eyebrow-raising statement to PolitiFact on Monday, denying that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol.
"Claiming that marijuana is less toxic than alcohol cannot be substantiated since each possess their own unique set of risks and consequences for a given individual," wrote the institute. NIDA, part of the National Institutes of Health, funds government-backed scientific research and has a stated mission "to lead the nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction."
The statement was in response to a declaration by the pro-pot policy group Marijuana Policy Project that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol –- a claim that was the centerpiece of a controversial pro-marijuana commercial aired during a NASCAR race last month.
PolitiFact took the claim to task, comparing marijuana-related deaths to alcohol-related deaths and toxicity levels of the two substances.
As noted by PolitiFact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics reported 41,682 alcohol-related deaths in 2010. The center had no reports listing marijuana as a cause of death.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
Gun Safe Sent to Ohio Man Filled With Marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Sun, August, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
Authorities in Ohio say a man who ordered a gun safe online opened it up only to discover 280 pounds of marijuana inside.
Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart in western Ohio says the safe was made in Nogales, Mexico and that it was sent by truck to Ohio.
He says the marijuana has a street value of $420,000.
Federal authorities who are investigating say the truck driver who brought the shipment into the United States is now missing.
The Ohio sheriff says that truck was carrying a full shipment of safes, but none of the others contained any drugs.
He says the safe with the marijuana was delivered to Ohio in June, but authorities have kept quiet about it while they looked into how the safe got into the U.S.
Texas Cops Raid Farm for Marijuana, Only Find Tomatoes
Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 17th 2013 by THCFinder
ARLINGTON, TX — A small, sustainable organic farm in South Arlington, Texas was raided by a SWAT team in search of marijuana, and all they found were vegetables.
Arlington police and city Code Enforcement officers raided The Garden of Eden and the six adults who live and work of the farm were handcuffed while officers searched the property for drugs.
Police say handcuffs were removed within 30 minutes, and tactical officers left the premises within 45, but the raid itself lasted some 10 hours according to the Garden of Eden website.
“We live a very peaceful life here,” said 30-year-old resident Quinn Eaker, who was arrested during the raid for an unrelated warrant outstanding over unpaid parking tickets.
“We’ve never hurt anybody,” Eaker said. “This is our land. We have the right to be secure in our person and our property. Period. That’s undebatable.”
According to the search warrant, an undercover narcotics agent had visited the farm to investigate an anonymous tip that Eaker was growing marijuana in a garden surrounded by bamboo.
A Texas Department of Public Safety aircraft conducted aerial surveillance of the Garden of Eden property on July 30, according to the warrant. Photographs of the garden surrounded by bamboo, police stated in the warrant, were “consistent with marijuana.”
But they were tomatoes.
“They can’t even tell the difference between tomato plants and a marijuana drug cartel; that’s just really bad intel,” Eaker said. “I think they were hoping that was true. And I think that they made a mistake and I think that they know they made a mistake.”
Read more: http://www.thedailychronic.net/
High Times challenges Ole Miss to marijuana potency competition
Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 16th 2013 by THCFinder
High Times, a publication for marijuana enthusiasts, reported this week that the University of Mississippi claims to have tested a strain of cannabis that registered 37 percent THC, or tetrahydracannabinol, the intoxicating chemical in marijuana.
That's a higher THC level than any they've tested.
The magazine got the information from CNN’s premiere of Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s documentary “Weed.” In it, Gupta “cuts through the smoke and travels around the world to uncover the highs and lows of cannabis.”
High Times said their lab tops out at 25.49 percent THC.
“No strain we’ve had tested ever came close to 30 percent THC,” High Times writer Danny Danko said. “So, we’d like to challenge the University of Mississippi to reveal the method and results of their testing (or at least tell us the name of the strain with 37 percent THC so that we can, um… further study it).”
The magazine also invited the university to enter their Seattle Cannabis Cup Sept. 7-8 to compete with other high potency strains.
Read more: http://www.clarionledger.com
Washington Plans Marijuana DUI Patrols for Hempfest
Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 15th 2013 by THCFinder
The world’s largest pot rally hits the Seattle waterfront this weekend, and the event marks the start of Washington State’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, according to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (whose draft press release was redistributed by counties across the state).
The campaign runs from August 16 through September 2, and will especially focus on catching stoned drivers, according to the Commission. Washington state voters legalized cannabis last November, and also set a THC blood limit for drivers—anyone who tests at 5 nanograms THC per milliliter of blood is guilty of a DUI.
The provision was widely criticized by medical marijuana activists opposed to Initiative 502, who claimed it would prohibit pot patients from driving, and would lead to a spike in marijuana DUIs. Last April, a state toxicologist reported no such spike to the state legislature.
That same month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police must obtain a warrant to draw blood from DUI suspects, and to help substantiate such warrants, the state has trained hundreds of police as “drug recognition experts.” With over 100,000 attendees expected at Seattle Hempfest this weekend, some of those smokers are sure to encounter a marijuana DUI patrol.
Children Taken From Medical Marijuana-Prescribed Parents in California
Category: News | Posted on Wed, August, 14th 2013 by THCFinder
A family from southern California is suing the City of Coronado after their children were taken away for nearly a year because the father admitted to legally smoking medical marijuana.
According to legal filings obtained this week by the Courthouse News Service, Michael Lewis and Lauren Taylor have filed a lawsuit against Coronado, CA, San Diego County and nine local police officers for what they say is a violation of civil rights that started with a routine visit from law enforcement in August 2011.
Attorneys for the family say Lewis was recommended medical marijuana by his physician in order to counter the debilitating migraines he started suffering from after being exposed to chemicals during the Gulf War, but investigators who stopped by their Coronado home two summers ago disregarded the prescription.
The lawsuit alleges that police officers were called to investigate the Lewis residence after being told that the family was running an illegal day care center on the same site where marijuana was being regularly smoked. Following a visit during August 2011, police wrote that they found pot, but identified no other hazards — or a day care facility, for that matter. Three days later, however, agents with the United States Department of Health and Human Services returned to the residence and seized the couple’s two children, ages four and two.
According to the lawsuit, the children were removed from their parents’ care and then deposited at a San Diego County emergency shelter for allegedly abused and neglected minors.
Read more: http://www.cannabisculture.com
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