Are Cigarettes the real Gateway drug?

Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
Smokers who rationalize their use of cigarettes by saying, "At least, I'm not doing drugs," may not always be able to use that line.
New research to be presented Sunday, May 5, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC, supports the theory that cigarettes are a gateway drug to marijuana.
"Contrary to what we would expect, we also found that students who smoked both tobacco and marijuana were more likely to smoke more tobacco than those who smoked only tobacco," said study author Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH, FAAP, an investigator at Seattle Children's Research Institute and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington.
Dr. Moreno and her colleagues randomly selected incoming college students from two universities -- one in the Northwest and one in the Midwest -- to participate in the longitudinal study. Students were interviewed prior to entering college and again at the end of their freshman year regarding their attitudes, intentions and experiences with substances.


N.Y. Jets Cut 2 Players after Marijuana Arrests in Morristown

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 4th 2013 by THCFinder
New York Jets cut defensive end Claude Davis and cornerback Cliff Harris a day after they were arrested in Morristown and charged with possession of marijuana. They will go through the waiver process before becoming free agents. 
On Monday night, Davis and Harris—both from Parsippany—were with another man, Morristown resident Daniel Godfrey, who faces gun charges as well.
Police said they found them in a smoke-filled SUV with a loaded handgun parked on Clyde Potts Drive.
Officer Roberto Rosado approached an rented 2013 Chevy Tahoe around 9:20 p.m. after noticing that the car seemed like it was filled with smoke, said police.
When Rosado walked up to the car, Davis, the driver, rolled down the window and Rosado smelled burnt marijuana, said police.


Federal Suit Claims Police Distort Marijuana Searches to Create Misdemeanors

Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
One man was walking home with groceries. Another was on a break from his job at a meat market. A third was walking down the street listening to headphones.
That is when the men say police officers confronted them, sometimes violently, searched their clothing and discovered small amounts of marijuana, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit that is expected to be filed on Thursday in United States District Court for the Southern District, in Manhattan.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of five Bronx men, contends that New York City police officers routinely stop black and Latino men without cause and then charge them with low-level misdemeanors when their pockets are emptied and small amounts of marijuana are found.
In each of the cases, the amount of marijuana found on the men would have amounted to little more than noncriminal violations punishable by a fine of up to $100 for first-time offenders. But the lawsuit contends that the charging officers falsely claimed the marijuana was in public view, making it a low-level misdemeanor under Section 221.10 of the New York Penal Code, which allows for sentences of up to three months in jail.
Critics of the Police Department say the practice, which they call manufactured misdemeanors, is widespread. The arrests are often the outgrowth of the department’s stop-and-frisk program, which is being challenged in federal court for, among other things, disproportionately targeting black and Hispanic men.


ANN ARBOR: Local lawmaker aims to decriminalize marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 1st 2013 by THCFinder
State Rep. Jeff Irwin, an Ann Arbor Democrat, last week called for action on a bill that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
House Bill 4623 would make possession of one ounce or less a civil infraction and would create a stepped fine based on whether the violation is a first, second or third offense. Under current law possession is classified as a misdemeanor with heavy fines and jail time.
“Michigan spends an estimated $326 million a year on arresting, trying, and imprisoning people for marijuana offenses,” Irwin said, “yet such policies have proven remarkably ineffective in achieving their purpose of preventing marijuana use.”
According to a recent poll from the Pew Research Center, 72 percent of Americans believe enforcing current marijuana laws costs more than its worth.
“Using police, courts, and corrections officials to prosecute marijuana ‘crimes’ while murders, rapes and burglaries go unsolved is a tremendous waste of resources in a state that can’t afford to misprioritize its assets right now,” said Neill Franklin, a retired state police major and executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. “This bill is a sensible first step toward a more humane and just criminal justice system in Michigan.”


Colorado Scrambles To Determine What'sToo High To Drive Means

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
Before recreational marijuana can be sold to any of the eager state residents of Colorado, a few of the stickier regulatory issues need to be addressed. For instance, where should these pot shops be allowed to locate and do business? At what percentage rate should marijuana be taxed? And last, but far from least – at what level of THC saturation should the hammer of justice be dropped on a driver, thought to be too impaired to perform their duties.
While the Colorado Senate struck down the most recent proposal, which asked for a THC limit of 5 ng/mL, by a 4-1 vote in mid-April, that battle is far from over.
As the Colorado Senate grapples with the new science of marijuana intoxication,  many are left scratching their heads wondering what constitutes ‘stoned driving.’


Washington lawmakers quietly approve bill to re-criminalize some marijuana possession

Category: News | Posted on Tue, April, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
Lawmakers in the Washington House and Senate quietly passed a bill over the weekend that will re-criminalize some marijuana possession, reacting to warnings from the state’s crime lab that the current law could make it impossible to prosecute large-quantity possession charges or large-scale marijuana growing operations.
The Senate passed the measure unanimously on Saturday, according to The Associated Press. The governor was expected to sign the bill as soon as Monday, but had not yet by early afternoon. Scientists at the Washington State Patrol’s Forensic Laboratory Services warned recently that last November’s election changed the definition of marijuana to such an extent that nearly all plants seized by police could be considered hemp.
The trouble arises where the law draws the line between hemp, an industrial fiber that contains virtually no psychoactive drug, and its more intoxicating cousin marijuana. The state’s law currently says that if tests show more than 0.3 percent of marijuana’s “delta-9 THC,” then its a drug, but anything less is considered hemp and therefore not a drug.



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