Police Given More Freedom to Shakedown Marijuana Users
While the possession of marijuana is no longer reason enough to get a person thrown in the slammer in the state of Maryland, the state’s highest court says its magnificent odor remains probable cause for police to search a vehicle without a warrant.
A recent report from the Baltimore Sun indicates the Court of Appeals issued a verdict on Friday that will continue to give law enforcement officers the freedom the conduct random searches as long as they claim to smell marijuana.
In the decision, Judge Shirley Watts wrote, “decriminalization is not synonymous with legalization, and possession of marijuana remains unlawful,” giving cops the power to invade civil society.
In 2014, the Maryland General Assembly passed a decriminalization measure, making the possession of up to 10 grams of weed punishable with a $100 fine. The bill, which was signed into law by then Governor Martin O’Malley, was an effort to prevent non-violent offenders from jamming up the criminal justice system.
Changes Mulled as Synthetic Drug Sentences Cause Confusion
WASHINGTON (AP) — The men who sold it called it Mr. Miyagi, a mind-altering chemical compound mixed with vegetable material and resembling marijuana.
It was clear the drug was meant to be smoked for a potent high, notwithstanding the deceptive label that the product was potpourri not fit for human consumption. But less clear was how to punish the people who pushed it.
As drug enforcement authorities sound alarms over the effects and accessibility of synthetic drugs, the Mr. Miyagi case in Louisiana is but one example of how courts are struggling for consistency in dealing with substances that are developing faster than the laws to govern them. The result is a sentencing process that’s often bogged down by complex science and can yield uneven results in courtrooms around the country.
Washington Bill Would Alter Marijuana Penalties, Allow Sharing
Marijuana Users Have Good Lungs (for Transplanting)
It was a very big deal when results of a major, long-term study into marijuana use and lung health revealed no link between cannabis use and respiratory ailments like lung cancer or COPD.
Lifelong marijuana users had no significant increased risk for breathing problems; indeed, cannabis use might even be beneficial and carry some “protective effect,” a team lead by UCLA researcher Donald Tashkin found.
And now, it appears weed smokers’ lungs, no worse off for the smoker, are also good for other people.
The Joint Blog took note of a study published in the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery that examined the results of 302 lung transplants over a six-year period. Medical researchers at the UK’s largest lung-health institution—part of the country’s publicly funded National Health Service, cough-cough single-payer healthcare, cough-cough—found that there was no appreciable difference in short and medium-term outcomes between the 19 donors who had smoked weed and the 283 that hadn’t.
Iceland Figured Out How to Stop Teen Drug Substance Abuse—Can the Rest of the World to Do the Same?
In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. Emma Young, of Mosaic Science, writes how they did it, and why other countries won’t follow suit. An abridged version of that article was written for HIGH TIMES by Maureen Meehan.
Twenty years ago Icelandic teens were among the heaviest-drinking youths in Europe. Today, it is exactly the opposite.
How did Iceland Do It?
The dramatic turnaround, radical and evidence-based, relied a lot on what might be termed enforced common sense.
“This is the most remarkably intense and profound study of stress in the lives of teenagers that I have ever seen,” said Harvey Milkman, an American psychology professor who teaches at Reykjavik University for part of the year.
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