Attorney: Marijuana May Not Impair Driving Ability At All
Category: News | Posted on Wed, June, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
Does marijuana really affect your ability to drive safely? An Orange County, California attorney who literally wrote the book on defending drunk driving cases says there’s evidence to show it doesn’t — and testing for the presence of marijuana doesn’t measure impairment, anyway.
Drunk driving laws today typically define “driving under the influence” as covering both alcohol and drugs, with marijuana included as “drugs.” In most states, the very presence of marijuana in a driver’s blood is either illegal in itself, or is considered proof of impairment.
“The prevailing view for years has been that cannabis, like alcohol, impairs the coordination, reflexes, perception and judgment necessary for the safe operation of a vehicle,” said Orange County, California DUI attorney Lawrence Taylor, a former Fulbright Professor of Law (Japan) and author of the standard legal textbook in the field, Drunk Driving Defense, 6th edition (cited as an authority by the California Supreme Court).
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Could Cannabis vending machines be the future of recreational drug use
Category: News | Posted on Tue, June, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
Endexx Corp.’s Todd Davis wants to make it really easy for you to buy weed. He’s imagining a pot vending machine, where all you’ll have to do is push a few buttons and a can of marijuana will come tumbling down.
Pot vending machines already exist at medical marijuana dispensaries, HuffPo reports:
Davis’s company recently bought two smaller firms that provide vending machines to medical marijuana outlets. One, Dispense Labs, produces a card-reading gadget used by the staff at pot clubs to dole out measured portions of cannabis, streamlining the buying process. (The machine is pictured below.) The other acquisition, CannCan, engineered a modified soda machine that dispenses plastic cans full of marijuana.
But Davis wants to install these things in states where recreational pot could be legalized. It’s not a totally crazy idea: Beer vending machines exist, for instance (in Japan). And there used to be cigarette vending machines all over the place. Oh, and you can get high-fructose corn syrup from a vending machine in every school, office, hotel, and rest stop, and that’s arguably just as bad for you.
Read more: http://grist.org
Coast Guard Shows Off $3 Million In Seized Marijuana
Category: News | Posted on Sat, June, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – The U.S. Coast Guard, working with a Royal Netherlands Navy vessel in May, seized approximately $3 million in marijuana during a drug patrol in the Caribbean Sea. Friday, those drugs arrived in South Florida.
The drug stop was part of an operation called Operation Martillo which the U.S. is using to “counter the use of the Central American littoral as transshipment routes for illicit drugs, weapons, and cash.”
“We got on scene, the vessel started fleeing and jettisoned all the contraband you see right behind me,” said Lt. Mario Gil of the U.S. Coast Guard. “If 3,500 pounds of marijuana get to the streets of South Florida or anywhere in the U.S. that’s an extreme, that’s a lot of marijuana. Not something you see every day down here.”
Read more: http://miami.cbslocal.com
Vermont Becomes The 17th State To Decriminalization
Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
Vermont is now the 17th state to decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. Governor Peter Shumlin signed the bill into action after the Senate voted a 24-6 on May 7 and the House voted 98-44 on April 12. Over 60% of Vermont voters agree with the decriminalization of marijuana.
Gov. Simon talked about how this will stop the bleeding until they figure a more sensible policy. He went on to state facts most of us know. But having a Governor say these things helps our fight that much more.
Removing criminal penalties for marijuana possession slows the bleeding, but it will not stop until marijuana prohibition is replaced with a more sensible policy. Marijuana is objectively less harmful than alcohol, and it is time for the state to start exploring policies that treat it that way.
Read more: http://www.hailmaryjane.com
Colorado Regulators Ditch 'Absurd' Rule Treating Marijuana Publications Like Porn
Category: News | Posted on Fri, June, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
Marijuana-themed publications won't be treated like pornography in Colorado, state regulators announced Thursday in the face of lawsuits.
The rule would have forced stores to keep publications with a "primary focus" on pot away from shoppers under the age of 21, and was mandated by a package of legislature-approved marijuana regulations signed into law by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper on May 28.
Colorado's State Licensing Authority said the rule was unconstitutional and would be ignored. An "emergency rule" issued by the licensing authority said "such a requirement would violate the United States Constitution" and Colorado law.
The decision was made with input from the state attorney general's office. "We support the laudable goal of keeping retail marijuana out of the hands of those under 21, but that has to be consistent with the Constitution," a spokesperson for the state attorney general told The Denver Post.
Read more: http://www.usnews.com
NY Mom Accused of Growing $3M Marijuana Business
Category: News | Posted on Thu, June, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
The New York City mom accused of growing marijuana after the feds raided a Queens warehouse might have tried to grow marijuana in two other New York City boroughs, law enforcement officials said.
Andrea Sanderlin's telephone number was listed on the Con Edison account for properties in the Bronx and Brooklyn. The electric utility said both of the accounts "had unusually high usage when they were active," which federal agents said would be consistent with a facility's "being used to grow marijuana."
Her electric bills at the Queens warehouse also bolstered suspicion that led to last month's raid.
As Sanderlin, 45, was placed under arrest May 20 by a Drug Enforcement Administration strike force at the warehouse in Queens, where she allegedly grew $3 million worth of marijuana, agents noticed her nanny and her younger child leaving the family home in Scarsdale, N.Y., a wealthy New York City suburb.
Read more: http://abcnews.go.com
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