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Federal Report: “No Evidence-Based Methods to Detect Marijuana-Impaired Driving”

The Joint Blog - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 23:20
A federal report has determined that there is currently no evidence-based method of detecting marijuana-impaired driving, despite numerous states having laws in place that find someone guilty of a DUID if they test above a certain THC level.

“A number of states have set a THC limit in their laws indicating that if a suspect’s THC concentration is above that level (typically 5 ng/ml of blood), then the suspect is to be considered impaired,” states the report conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) . “This per se limit appears to have been based on something other than scientific evidence. Some recent studies demonstrate that such per se limits are not evidence-based.”

In addition the report also calls into question sweat, hair, saliva and urine testing, stating that “there are currently no evidence-based methods to detect marijuana-impaired driving”.

The report notes that “Subjects dosed on marijuana showed reduced mean speeds, increased time driving below the speed limit and increased following distance during a car following task”. Alcohol, in contrast, “was associated with higher mean speeds (over the speed limit), greater variability in speed, and spent a greater percent of time driving above the speed limit. Marijuana had no effect on variability of speed.”

The report released by the NHSTA was mandated by Congress last year. The full 44-page report can be found by clicking here.

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Which One is Better For Growing Cannabis Hydroponics or Soil?

The Weed Blog - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:00

Which One is Better For Growing Cannabis: Hydroponics or Soil?   In the realm of cannabis cultivation, there is this one question that lingers on for all eternity: how should you grow your cannabis hydroponics or soil? And the answer can be as simple as — if you like the challenge and tinkering with new [...]

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3 Deadly Pharmaceuticals that Could be Replaced by Marijuana

The Weed Blog - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 18:47

3 Deadly Pharmaceuticals that Could Be Replaced by Marijuana 1.     Opioid-Based Painkillers So why is Big Pharma investing millions of dollars every year in researching and creating its own marijuana-based pain killers?  Because Big Pharma recognizes medicinal marijuana outshines typical medications in many ways, and the prescriptions drug companies do not want to [...]

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5 Steps to Perfecting Grow Room Climate Control

The Weed Blog - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 16:30

Five steps to perfecting grow room climate control Many growers who are just starting to make the transition from hobbyist to a bigger setup don’t realize how quickly an entire crop can go bad. Or, while not quite as catastrophic, some growers simply don’t know how much better their yield could be if they just [...]

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Almost 30 Miles in One Week Touring Portland’s Pot Shops

The Weed Blog - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 15:58

This week I walked almost 30 miles in one week touring Portland’s pot shops and attending the cannabis events in week 14.  My trek includes Willamette Week’s Best of Portland Party as well as all of the 710 sales (in the Cannabis culture, July 10 is oil day, since 710 spun 180° onto its head [...]

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Reconnect with Cannabis in Amsterdam- the Cannabis Capital

The Weed Blog - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 16:03

Cannabis Capital Do you want to be a better budtender? Then go to Amsterdam. Working in the industry in America with knowledge of the old world is priceless and it can be a good way to reconnect with cannabis if you are a long-time budtender. After a time, so much weed goes through your hands [...]

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Ohio Lawmaker Urges Rescheduling of Cannabis to Allow for Research

The Weed Blog - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:45

Ohio Lawmaker Urges Rescheduling of Cannabis When the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its controlled substances scheduling or drug classifications in 1970, they intended to classify drugs based on their potential for abuse, their medical use, and how addictive they may be. Few drugs scheduled as a Schedule I drug – that is, a [...]

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Probationers Allowed Access to MMJ

Sensible Colorado News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 17:14
Probationers Allowed Access to Medical Marijuana

Prior to the passage of House Bill 15-1267, probationers in Colorado were prohibited by law from engaging in the use of medical marijuana to treat their conditions. C.R.S. §18-1.3-204 stated that probationers must lead a “law-abiding life.” This was interpreted by Colorado courts as requiring probationers to abstain from the use of marijuana, even if that use were of a medical nature, because marijuana use is still illegal under federal law. Needless to say, this placed a high degree of hardship on patients with particularly severe illnesses who were deprived of medically necessary treatment.

Thanks to House Bill 15-1267, signed into law on May 8, 2015 by Governor Hickenlooper, probationers in the state of Colorado are no longer automatically prohibited from using medical marijuana as a result of their probationary status. The bill, which passed overwhelmingly in both the Colorado House and Senate, instead exempts the use of medical marijuana from this mandate, stating that: “the possession or use of medical marijuana, as authorized pursuant to Section 14 of Article XVIII of the state constitution, shall not be considered another offense such that its use violates the terms of probation.”

While probationers are still required to lead a “law-abiding life,” this new law effectively establishes that in the state of Colorado, such a life may, for some, include the use of medical marijuana. Not all Colorado probationers will be eligible for the use of medical marijuana as a result of this legal change. If the probation-inducing defense were a violation of the Medical Marijuana Code of Colorado, such a probationer would not be allowed to use medical marijuana. Furthermore, judges retain discretion to prohibit the use of medical marijuana if the judge believes such a prohibition would be necessary for the probationer to otherwise “accomplish the goals of sentencing”. But overall, HB 15- 1267 is a boon to many patients on probation who are now able to access the medical treatment they need.

HB 15-1267 has been added to the Colorado statutes as C.R.S. §18-1.3-204(1)(b) and (2)(a)(VII)

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