Colombia Hopes Marijuana Will Help Addicts Kick Hard Drug Habit
Category: News | Posted on Thu, May, 9th 2013 by THCFinder
The Colombian government is testing a new tactic to wean addicts of synthetic drugs, a moe that has some people praising the effort while other claiming it’s a dopey idea.
In the upcoming weeks, officials in the country's capital, Bogotá, will begin a program giving marijuana to addicts of bazuco -- a cheap form of cocaine made out of drug residue mixed with kerosene and sulfuric acid that gives users a crack-like high and a heroin-like addiction.
Researchers working on the project hope to help addicts kick their habit by easing them off the harder substance by using marijuana, which they suspect will be less addictive.
“I had tried other drugs before that, but the addiction caused by bazuco is truly uncontrollable,” Javier Cortés García, a former addict, told the website InfosurHoy. “The five months I lived on the streets, I couldn’t even remember who I was – all I wanted was bazuco to somehow satisfy the craving – a craving that never ends until the next fix. It’s really like living a nightmare, but you’re wide awake.”
Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com
Marijuana Breathalyzer Test Could Be Near
Category: News | Posted on Wed, May, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
One of the problems with medical marijuana, at least from cops' perspective, is that pot is hard to detect in the field, and many drivers could be getting away with DUI because they're high but not drunk. Nearly one-third of fatal California crashes involve drugged drivers.
The problem inspired one California legislator to propose a law that would trigger a DUI case for anyone whose blood test shows even a trace of cannabis in their system. That could be problematic if you're a medical patient who toked yesterday but was stopped by police today.
Even worse: A pot breathalyzer might be on the horizon:
Researchers in Sweden recently discovered that marijuana and even cocaine and meth could be detected by a roadside breathalyzer test. (Sort of -- see more below).
Not just any breathalyzer, either:
The academics from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm used a "commercially available breath sampler" called SensAbues and successfully ID'd 12 substances on the breath of some of the 40 volunteers they examined, according to a summary.
Read more: http://blogs.laweekly.com
Colorado senators oppose stoned driving limits
Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
DENVER—A stoned-driving debate that has divided Colorado lawmakers for years is poised to go down to the final hours in this year's Legislature.
With just two days left to settle the question, senators voted Monday to continue the driving-high debate by rejecting an amendment to say drivers are too stoned if their blood contains 5 nanograms per milliliter of marijuana's psychoactive ingredient, THC.
The vote in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday afternoon was at least the fifth time the Senate, or a Senate committee, has rejected the pot driving limit. It is already illegal to drive while impaired in Colorado, and opponents to the blood threshold say that officer observation should be the basis for stoned-driving cases. Many senators question whether a blood limit for marijuana, which is processed by the body differently than alcohol, is a fair measure of driving impairment.
"I just do not have enough information to make me feel comfortable on making a decision like that one," said Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge.
Read more: http://www.denverpost.com
Grand Rapids decriminalization of marijuana stands
Category: News | Posted on Tue, May, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- A Kent County judge today ruled that a voter-approved amendment to decriminalize marijuana is valid.
At the same time, Judge Paul Sullivan dismissed Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth's effort to nullify the charter amendment.
Sullivan on Monday, May 6, ruled that possession of small amounts of marijuana in Grand Rapids can be handled as a civil infraction as voters earlier decided.
Forsyth had argued that the amendment conflicts with Michigan laws that classify marijuana possession as a misdemeanor. He also said it would interfere with his responsibilities as county prosecutor.
Even before Sullivan's ruling today, Grand Rapids Police began following the charter amendment on May 1 and started writing civil infractions.
In his ruling, Sullivan wrote: "The voters of Grand Rapids had the power to amend the city charter and plaintiff has failed to show that any section of the charter amendment necessarily conflicts with state law."
Read more: http://www.mlive.com
Have a Heart Cafe opens to medical marijuana patients
Category: News | Posted on Mon, May, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
At first glance, the menu of Have a Heart Compassion Care Cafe (Have a Heart CC) seems no different from that of any other restaurant. But its burgers, fries, and smoothies come with a twist: They can be custom-ordered to contain medical marijuana.
The cafe opened its doors to the community April 20 as the first fully functioning medical marijuana restaurant in Washington state. Located on 9th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 45th Street, it provides restaurant services as well as a medical marijuana dispensary and vapor lounge.
The goal of this new restaurant-dispensary is to provide a community center for medical marijuana patients. Though the restaurant section of Have a Heart Cafe was initially open to the general public for a few days, it is now open exclusively to medical marijuana patients.
“We decided that we really wanted to create an atmosphere that was safe and available for medical patients to utilize … [and to] create this one-stop, all-inclusive safe space for medical patients,” said Gail Tsai, general manager of the cafe.
This is the third Have a Heart CC dispensary but the first to provide restaurant services. The other two locations are in North Seattle and Fremont.
The Have a Heart CC company started two years ago to bring a new style to the traditional medical marijuana access point.
“A lot of places would prepackage their items … [Patients] wouldn’t have a lot of options as to look, see, and smell, touch the medicine. They would just have to take someone’s word for it,” said Ryan Kunkel, co-owner of Have a Heart CC. “Essentially, what we did is went away from the prepackage model and put our medicine in jars, so they could come in and see it for themselves.”
Kunkel said they allow their patients to examine the different types of medication, particularly the smell of the marijuana, up close before purchasing.
“Everybody’s a little bit different, so that’s a better way to pair people with their medicines that will work,” he said.
Read more: http://dailyuw.com
Colorado Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Hemp Legalization
Category: News | Posted on Sun, May, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
Senate Bill 241, a measure which would enable the state’s Department of Agriculture to license farmers to cultivate hemp beginning this year, has passed out of the House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee, as well as the House Appropriations Committee, both unanimously. In addition, the measure was approved through its 2nd reading in the full House of Representatives. The bill now awaits one more House vote, where its expected passage will send it to the governor for final approval, given that it’s already passed the Senate with a 34-1 vote.
Under the proposal farmers would have the option of applying for a 10-acre plot in order to study the viability of various hemp varieties, or they could apply for a larger, full-scale hemp farm - one that wouldn’t be limited by the number of plants, but rather by the THC content in said plants.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
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