As the article says, this ruling is a defeat for prosecutors trying to charge MMJ patients with DUI.
“People with marijuana in their system can escape drugged-driving charges if they can show they weren’t “high” enough to be impaired, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled this morning.
The justices rejected a claim by two individuals that the fact they have a state-issued card allowing them to ingest the drug automatically means they cannot be charged with driving while impaired. Chief Justice Scott Bales, writing for the unanimous court, said nothing in the 2010 voter-approved law allowing the medical use of marijuana provides such immunity.
But Bales said the presence of marijuana is not proof that someone is actually impaired. And he pointed out the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act itself has a similar requirement.
What today’s ruling does is create what is called an “affirmative defense” for those charged, allowing them to prove to a court “that the concentration of marijuana or its impairing metabolite in their bodies is insufficient to cause impairment.”
Today’s ruling is a defeat for prosecutors.
They argued there is no commonly accepted threshold to determine what amount of marijuana causes impairment. And that, they said, makes it inappropriate to allow those who have used the drug — and still have evidence of it in their bodies — to escape conviction.“
People Want DEA Chief to Resign After He Called Medical Marijuana ‘a Joke’
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How clueless can this guy be? Via Time.com
“Medical marijuana patients want to see the DEA chief go up in smoke. After agency head Chuck Rosenberg called medical marijuana ‘a joke’ during a Q&A with reporters last week, over 10,000 people have signed a petition on change.org demanding his resignation.
‘What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal because it’s not,’ Rosenberg said, according to CBS. ‘We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don’t call it medicine — that is a joke.’
‘There are pieces of marijuana — extracts or constituents or component parts — that have great promise,’ he said. ‘But if you talk about smoking the leaf of marijuana — which is what people are talking about when they talk about medicinal marijuana — it has never been shown to be safe or effective as a medicine.’
Angry medical marijuana users have pointed to studies that have found the drug is effective at treating pain and muscle spasms. A meta-analysis of 79 medical marijuana studies that involved over 6,000 patients published in the Journal of the American Medical Association earlier this year discovered ‘moderate-quality evidence to support the use of cannabinoids for the treatment of chronic pain and spasticity.’” [ Continue Reading]
Study: ADHD Patients Successfully Treated With Cannabis
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Here’s an amazing study on the positive effects medical marijuana has on patients suffering from ADHD.
“The use of herbal cannabis eases symptoms in adults suffering from ADHD (attention deficiency hyperactivity disorder), according to clinical trial data presented at an international symposium on cannabinoid therapeutics last month.
German researchers evaluated the effects of marijuana in 30 patients suffering from ADHD. All of the subjects participating in the trial had previously tried various forms of conventional therapies, but their condition had proven resistant to alternative treatments. Under German law, patients who are unresponsive to government-approved medications may apply with the Health Ministry for a waiver to use medicinal cannabis…” [Continue Reading]
Study: Cannabidiol (CBD) Kills Breast Cancer Cells
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CBD continues to turn heads in the lab.
“Cannabidiol (CBD) — a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant — is gaining traction in medical circles and the public eye as increasing amounts of scientific literature confirm its medicinal qualities. These include CBD’s ability to stave off inflammation, curb anxiety, depression, PTSD, psychosis, andseizures.
More astonishingly, and perhaps more urgently, CBD is proving to be a powerful anticancer agent (as recently acknowledged by the U.S. government’s National Cancer Institute). A paper published by the American Association for Cancer Research found that CBD inflicts programmed cell death (PCD) in breast cancer cells…” [Continue Reading]
Tempe Weights Changes To Medical Marijuana Rules
It might be much easier to purchase your medical marijuana in Tempe pretty soon. Via AZCentral
“Eighteen-year-olds could soon be allowed in Tempe medical-marijuana dispensaries, and stores may be allowed to lengthen their hours.
The changes would be part of a series of tweaks the city could make to its medical-marijuana rules.
Dispensary operator Steve White is asking the city for some of the changes. He believes the current rules hurt his customers.
For one, Tempe is the only city in the Valley that requires dispensaries to close at 6 p.m.
‘We are the only place where some people can go get a very specific type of product,’ White said. ‘Some of (our customers) work in outlying areas of the Valley, and it’s very challenging for them to make it to the dispensary by six o’clock. We often hear stories about people racing to the dispensary to try to get there in time.’
White is asking the city to extend the closing time to 10 p.m.
In addition, White wants Tempe to align itself with other cities and lower the age limit to customers 18 and older. Currently, Tempe is the only city in the state to limit dispensary visitors to adults 21 and older.” [Continue Reading]
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