Marijuana limits behind the wheel
BROOKFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Medical marijuana is now legal in Massachusetts. Which means patients are allowed to drive with some marijuana in their system legally, but how much before they're considered impaired?
Massachusetts doesn't have a breathalyzer type device to determine how high someone is behind the wheel. The 22News I-Team went to the State Police barracks in Brookfield to see what steps police are taking to keep our roads safe from drivers under the influence of marijuana.
“If you're asking if there will be limit like there is with blood alcohol, I don't know. It's up to the legislature. Right now there is no limit on the books, it's whether or not a person is impaired when they are driving,” said State Police Trooper Matthew Simpson.
Trooper Simpson is a drug recognition expert. He said, “There's a program, it's an international program where we have 17 troopers trained in and we're planning to train an additional 20 in the next ten months or so in response to medical marijuana.”
The State Police are already amping up their efforts in response to the medical marijuana dispensaries. Attorney Richard Evans told the I-Team he expects that marijuana could be completely legalized and taxed in Massachusetts in the new few years.
“We often hear that we should slow down in reforming the marijuana laws because there's not a so called breathalyzer test for marijuana, I think that's a bogus argument I think that's just an excuse not to do anything,” said Evans.
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Cannabis Infused Drinks Causing Seizures?
Dilmer Funes Lovos, a 32 year old man, is facing charges for inducing the consumption of a controlled substance by fraudulent means. This is a pretty rare charge and the circumstances of this situation are pretty odd. Lovos allegedly gave two of his coworkers a small amount of Dixie Elixir, a medical marijuana drink. The two men ingrested the drink, with some extremely unsettling consequences.
One of the men who had some of this drink went in to a seizure and was vomiting while the other man experienced similar issues. While being given any drug without knowing can be a terrifying situation, one doesn't usually suspect cannabis when such a severe reaction occurs. The man who experienced the worst of the symptoms had never ingested marijuana before and would have never taken a sip from his drink if he had known it contained cannabis.
Cannabis is used to prevent seizures, so it's very strange that this one particular man had one. While it is unfortunate that he suffered such a bad reaction, one has to question if there were other substances involved or at least other factors. It's also common knowledge that eating marijuana has different effects than smoking it, it's still highly suspicious that such a bad reaction occurred, although the possibility of an allergy does exist.
Lovos has been ordered to pay for both men's medical bills, which total out to around $3,000. He is also required to do 100 hours of community service. Lovos' attorney said that he didn't mean for anyone to get hurt. And usually, with cannabis, not many people do. Hopefully, everything works out for all of these men and an incident like this never happens again.
DEA Proposes A New Drug Code For Marijuana Extracts
The butane hash oil (BHO) phenomenon has resulted in a new request from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to create a new drug code for marijuana extracts. At a time when support for recreational marijuana legalization and medical marijuana legalization is at an all time high, the DEA feels the need to step up the war on marijuana. So much for the will of the people.
Per the United States Federal Register:
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is proposing to create a new Administration Controlled Substances Code Number (“Code Number” or “drug code”) under 21 CFR 1308.11 for “Marihuana Extract.” This Code Number will allow DEA and DEA-registered entities to track quantities of this material separately from quantities of marihuana. This in turn will aid in complying with relevant treaty provisions.
Under international drug control treaties (administered by the United Nations), some differences exist between the regulatory controls pertaining to marihuana extract versus those for marihuana and tetrahydrocannabinols. DEA has established separate Code Numbers for marihuana and for tetrahydrocannabinols, but not for marihuana extract. To better track these materials and better comply with treaty provisions, DEA is proposing to create a separate Code Number for marihuana extract under 21 CFR 1308.11(d)(36): “Marihuana Extract meaning extracts that have been derived from any plant of the genus cannabis and which contain cannabinols and cannabidiols.” Such extracts of marihuana would continue to be treated as schedule I controlled substances.
More drivers test positive for pot since Washington legalized cannabis
Category: News | Posted on Tue, November, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
The number of Washingtonians who tested positive for pot while driving got higher ever since the leaf's legalization in January, authorities said.
Washington State Patrol says it found THC, marijuana's psychoactive ingredient, in the bloodstream of 745 drivers pulled over this year.
That’s a nine percentage point increase from where we were last year at this time, Sgt. Jason Hicks explained.
"It was previously illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana and it remains illegal," Mason Tvert, spokesperson for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), told the Daily News.
"Law enforcement officials should focus their time and attention on people driving impaired on any substance and not just possessing marijuana."
MPP's goal is to end marijuana prohibition and replace it with a system where marijuana is regulated like alcohol.
And like alcohol, testing positive for pot does not necessarily mean that the driver is impaired. The legal limit is 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood.
But 420 of those 745 who tested positive exceeded that limit.
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com
New Jersey Assembly Committee Approves Industrial Hemp Legislation
Category: News | Posted on Tue, November, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
The New Jersey Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted 4-1 in favor of Assembly Bill 2415. This legislation would legalize the licensed cultivation of industrial hemp.
Members of NORML New Jersey were present to testify in favor of this legislation.
“We commend the Committee for taking a common sense approach to allow the growth of industrial hemp in New Jersey,” stated NORML New Jersey Executive Director Evan Nison, “Our cannabis laws are nonsensical, and few issues embody this more obviously and plainly than the prohibition of industrial hemp. We hope the absurdity of these laws will encourage members of the legislature and the public to reevaluate marijuana laws across the board.”
“The passage of this bill will help pressure the Federal Government to allow farmers to grow industrial hemp, much like nearly all other industrialize counties do, to help our environment and provide another crop for farmers.” Nison continued, “Many members of Congress are already supportive of such reforms, and states showing an eagerness to allow this crop will encourage Congress to get it done. ”
The United States is the only developed nation that fails to cultivate industrial hemp as an economic crop, according to a 2005 Congressional Resource Service (CRS) report. Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant species cannabis sativa that contains only minute (less than 1%) amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Farmers worldwide grow hemp commercially for fiber, seed, and oil for use in a variety of industrial and consumer products, including food and clothing. Assembly Bill 2415 would allow New Jersey to authorize a licensed, statewide hemp industry. A2415 now awaits action on the floor of the New Jersey Assembly.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
Colorado Issues First License For Recreational Marijuana Shop
Category: News | Posted on Fri, November, 22nd 2013 by THCFinder
Central City, the original site of the 1859 Colorado gold rush, is now the first city in Colorado to have a store licensed to sell marijuana to adults! The store, called Annie’s, is a medical marijuana dispensary that will begin selling marijuana to adults on January 1st, pursuant to Amendment 64. Annie’s is the first store to receive a license, but it won’t be alone for long. The state is considering hundreds of other applications and is expected to issue many more licenses in the coming weeks and months.
The state is scheduled to allow retail marijuana sales to begin on January 1, 2014.
“Colorado is moving forward and leaving marijuana prohibition behind. For the first time in history, those who sell marijuana are receiving licenses from the state instead of rap sheets,” said MPP’s Mason Tvert. “Marijuana will be sold to adults by legitimate, taxpaying businesses instead of drug cartels in the underground market. [...] Colorado is proving to the rest of the world that marijuana can be regulated like alcohol. It will not be long before voters and lawmakers in other states decide to adopt similar policies. Marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol, and it is finally starting to be treated that way.”
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