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Florida SWAT Cop Guns Down Unarmed Man In Marijuana Raid

(WeedBlog) A Volusia County sheriff’s deputy on a dawn SWAT team pot raid shot and killed an unarmed resident of the home Tuesday. Derek Cruice, 26, becomes the 10th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

According to The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Cruice was unarmed and no weapons were found in the house. Police did find about nine ounces of marijuana, as well as a scale, a drug ledger, marijuana smoking pipes, plastic bags and about $3,000 in cash.

Sheriff Ben Johnson said that Deputy Todd Raible, a member of the Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, shot Cruice in the face as the SWAT team came through the door of the residence at 6:30 a.m.

Senate passes bill to ban marijuana vending machines

OLYMPIA, WASH. (BH) — The Washington state Senate has passed a bill to forbid selling marijuana through a drive-through window or in a vending machine.

In a 47-0 vote Monday, Senators voted to add the new restriction to the state’s legalized trade in recreational marijuana, which is restricted to sales in state-licensed stores. Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, said the bill would keep marijuana-laced edible products from being supplied in parks, football games and in coffee shop drive-through windows.

One Statistic Debunks One of Marijuana Legalization Opponents’ Favorite Myths

How much weed does it take to kill you? As it turns out, it’s probably easier to accidentally overdose on water than on ganja.

The LD50 (the dose required to kill half of the subjects in a test population) of marijuana’s active ingredient THC is in the neighborhood of 50-70 grams, which is virtually impossible for any consumer to achieve in a normal setting. Casual users need just 2-3 mg of THC to become intoxicated, and habitual tokers might need somewhere in the neighborhood of five to 10 times that amount. The University of Michigan’s Mind the Science Gap estimates this means someone would need to smoke around 5,000 times their average consumption to die from THC poisoning.

Water, on the other hand, has a LD50 of 90 grams per kilogram of body weight. While that’s higher than marijuana’s, it practical terms it’s actually much easier to OD on water in the course of your daily life. In 2007, a California woman perished from water intoxication after drinking six liters (about 25 glasses) of water over the course of three hours in an attempt to win radio show water-drinking contest.

Scientific American’s Coco Ballantyne wrote that water intoxication has caused deaths from hazing rituals and Ecstasy-popping club-goers who over-hydrate, and noted that potentially dangerous levels of hyponatremia have been noted in nearly one-sixth of marathon runners.

"Thus, water’s body count," writes RealClearScience's Ross Pomeroy, “remains higher.”

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A Narco Polo comic by former inner-city teacher and public defender, Rob Arthur. Here’s a snippet from Rob’s website:

The Science

One way in which creativity can be described is the ability to find new and novel connections between concepts. In scientific terms the ability to find connections between words is called semantic priming. A 2010 study published in Psychiatry Research found that the use of marijuana induces a state of hyper-priming. (9) When presented with an activation word, subjects reacted faster to distantly-related words when high than when sober. (For a neuroscience journalist’s take on this study go here.) The flow of loose associations promoted by marijuana is a real phenomenon.

Credit goes to Jason Silva for introducing me to this study. His article on marijuana’s “butterfly effect” on thought can be found here.

Sheriffs sue Colorado over legal marijuana

DENVER (USAToday) — Sheriffs from Colorado and neighboring states Kansas and Nebraska say in a lawsuit to be filed Thursday that Colorado’s marijuana law creates a “crisis of conscience” by pitting the state law against the Constitution and puts an economic burden on other states.

The lawsuit asks a federal court in Denver to strike down Colorado’s Amendment 64 that legalized the sale of recreational marijuana and to close the state’s more than 330 licensed marijuana stores.

The lawsuit invokes the federal government’s right to regulate drugs and interstate commerce and argues that Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana hurt communities on the other side of the state lines. Attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a similar lawsuit late last year.

WeedPornDaily Guide to Washington’s Recreational Cannabis

Washington Initiative 502 (i502) was approved by voters on November 6th, 2012 after enough signatures were collected to reach the ballot. The initiative will “license and regulate cannabis production, distribution, and possession for persons over twenty-one; remove state-law criminal and civil penalties for activities that it authorizes; tax cannabis sales; and earmark cannabis-related revenues.”

Possession and production of cannabis under the age of 21 is still illegal under state law. The initiative also enacts a new DUID standard for driving under the influence of cannabis, where delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol levels greater than or equal to 5 nanograms per milliliter of blood (5ng/mL) is defined as impaired.

Possession and Growing

Anyone over the age of 21, resident of WA or not, is allowed to possess and privately consume an ounce of dried cannabis (nugs, leaves, etc), 16 ounces of pot-infused solids (edibles), 72 ounces of pot-infused liquids (tincture) or 7 grams of concentrated cannabis (hashish, BHO, etc). Growing at home however, is still illegal for anyone (except for licensed medical cannabis patients). In order to legally grow cannabis, a license must be obtained from the State Liquor Control Board.

Taxation

There is a 25% excise tax on each level of distribution, from production to processing to retail. Whereas 2 grams of dried cannabis might have cost about $30 before tax, the price is about $40 after taxes.

All surplus revenue generated through taxes has been explicitly earmarked for health care (55%), drug abuse treatment and education (25%), marijuana-related research at University of Washington and Washington State University (1%), most of the remainder going to the state general fund like building bridges.

DUID

If a police offer has reasonable suspicion to believe that the driver is high on cannabis — whether they smell cannabis in the car, notice signs of cannabis use, actually observe reckless/impaired driving, etc — the driver may be subject to a roadside sobriety test. If the driver fails the sobriety test for any reason, they may be taken to get their blood drawn to determine the delta-9-THC content in their blood. If the concentration of THC is above 5ng/mL, the driver will face the consequences of the DUID. While they test for active metabolites(delta-9-THC), the inactive metabolite THC-COOH, also known as carboxy-THC” is explicitly excluded from consideration.

Where can I buy legal weed?

334 retail licenses were made available through a lottery system. Only 14 stores in western Washington and 10 in eastern Washington have received licenses to sell cannabis. The licenses were distributed early July 7th, 2014 and the shops were legally allowed to open on July 8th, 2014. So far, only two have opened officially — Top Shelf Cannabis and Cannabis City. The phone numbers of each store can be found here.

  • Whidbey Island Cannabis Company — 5826 S. Kramer Rd Ste, Langley, Wa
  • Westside420 Recreational — 4503 Ocean Beach Hwy, Longview, Wa
  • Verde Valley — 4007 Main St., Union Gap, Wa
  • Top Shelf Cannabis — 3857 Hannegan Rd., Bellingham, Wa
  • The Happy Crop Shoppe — 50 Rock Island Rd., East Wenatchee, Wa
  • Spokane Green Leaf — 9107 N. Country Homes Blvd, Spokane, Wa
  • Space — 3111 S. Pine St., Tacoma, Wa
  • Satori/Instant Karma — 9301 N. Division St., Spokane, Wa
  • New Vansterdam — 6515 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, Wa
  • Margie’s Pot Shop — 405 E. Stueben, Bingen, Wa
  • Main Street Marijuana — 2314 Main St., Vancouver, Wa
  • High Time Station — 1448 Basin St. Nw, Ephrata, Wa
  • Green Theory — 10697 Main St. Ste B, Bellevue, Wa
  • Green Star Cannabis — 1403 N. Division St., Spokane, Wa
  • Freedom Market — 820a Westside Hwy., Kelso, Wa
  • Creative Retail Management — 7046 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, Wa
  • Cascade Kropz — 19129 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington, Wa
  • Cannabis City — 2733 4th Ave S., Seattle, Wa
  • Bud Hut — 1123 E State Route 532, Camano Island, Wa
  • Austin Lott — 29 Horizon Flats Rd., Winthrop, Wa
  • Altitude — 260 Merlot Dr., Prosser, Wa
  • 4us Retail — 23251 Hwy. 20, Okanogan, Wa
  • 420 Carpenter — 422 Carpenter Rd., Lacey, Wa
  • 2020 Solutions — 2018 Iron St., Bellingham, Wa

How do I grow weed or sell it?

A license is required in order to produce, process, or sell cannabis recreationally. However, an individual is not allowed to hold more than two types of licenses at a time (either grow and process, or grow and sell, but never all three). A license may be obtained from the Washington state Liquor Control Board for $250 annually, with a $1000 renewal fee. Any other restrictions or additional information may be found or requested here.

Sources: Washington State Liquor Control Board’s FAQ for i502 || Official List of Washington’s Retail Cannabis Outlets

Stay regular super stoners~