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“Weed Day” How Did 420 Get It’s Name?

April 20th is Weed Day. I am fascinated by the origin of the term "420" and how it became associated with marijuana.  There are as many stories about its origin as there are people you ask.  Just a short search on Google leads to the following "Weed Day" origin stories. It’s the number of active chemicals in marijuana. It’s teatime in Holland. It has something to do with Hitler’s birthday. It’s those numbers in that Bob Dylan song multiplied. It was like a police code for smoking in progress or something. In 2003, when the California Legislature codified the medical...

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Medical Marijuana Rules Proposed

As frequent followers of this page, you know that the medical marijuana regulations are now being developed. Here are the highlights from the proposed rules and regulations. Read the full list HERE. Patients wanting to use medical marijuana in Ohio's new program would have to pay a $50 annual fee for their membership card. The fee would be $25 for veterans or people who receive federal disability benefits. Caregivers and patients would register with the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy and receive an ID card to buy marijuana at retail dispensaries. The registration will likely take place at your doctor's office. ...

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Central Nervous System Depressants and Drugged Driving

CNS Depressants and Drugged Driving The category of CNS Depressants includes some of the most commonly abused drugs. Alcohol – the most familiar drug of all – is abused by an estimated 40-50 million Americans. Most Of Us Drink Slightly more than half of Americans age 12 or older reported being current drinkers of alcohol in 2014 (52.7% of the population). This translates to an estimated 139 million people. Source: Behavioral Health Trends in the United States: Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH, September 2015) Depressants Are Widely Abused Depressant drugs consistently rank among the most widely...

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Central Nervous System Depressants

CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM DEPRESSANTS - A PRIMER The category of Central Nervous System Depressants includes some of the most commonly abused drugs. Alcohol – the most familiar drug of all – is abused by an estimated 40-50 million Americans. Central nervous system agents are drugs that affect the central nervous system i.e. the brain and the spinal cord, and produce a response that could be used to alleviate or treat a particular medical condition. Central nervous system agents can be used as analgesics, anesthetics, anti-emetics, anti-convulsants, and have many more therapeutic uses. Slightly more than half of Americans age 12 or...

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Drug Lawyer – Ohio Marijuana Law

DRUG LAWYER - Ohio has adopted one of the toughest and least popular marijuana impairment laws in the country. This post will provide an overview of how other states have dealt with the issue. Zero Tolerance vs. Per Se Every state has laws dealing with alcohol-impaired driving and drug-impaired driving. But unlike the laws for alcohol-impaired driving, those that address drug-impaired driving are nuanced, difficult to enforce and prosecute and vary substantially by state. In addition to general impairment laws, there are two basic laws that states tend to use when addressing drug-impaired driving: Zero Tolerance laws make it illegal to drive with...

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Drugged Driving Defense Requires Experience

Drugged Driving - Driving under the influence of drugs is the next generation of OVI enforcement in Ohio. In 2014, 10 million people aged 12 or older reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs in the past year. It's hard to measure how many crashes drugged driving causes. After alcohol, marijuana is the drug most often linked to drugged driving. It has become a priority of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.  Here are some studies suggesting why they are focusing on this issue. According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 10.3 million people aged...

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Springfield DUI Lawyer – Where To Find Help

As a Springfield DUI Lawyer, I get to help people who are dealing with addiction issues.  To that end, we offer you this list of Clark County service providers who can help. Please follow the links to learn about services and costs.  If you need help, we can help! (Please call me if any of these links are not working...

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Marijuana Extracts -What Are They?

Marijuana Extracts Marijuana extracts are a newly popular method of use is smoking or eating different forms of THC-rich resins called. Smoking THC-rich resins extracted from the marijuana plant is on the rise. Users call this practice dabbing. People are using various forms of these extracts, such as: hash oil or honey oil—a gooey liquid wax or budder—a soft solid with a texture like lip balm shatter—a hard, amber-colored solid These extracts can deliver extremely large amounts of THC to users, and their use has sent some people to the emergency room. Another danger is in preparing these extracts, which usually involves butane...

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Is Cannabis Safe? – Dayton DUI Lawyer

CANNABIS IS SAFE! Drugs commonly prescribed, like Oxycontin, warns users that misuse can lead to respiratory distress, addiction, overdose or death. See generally, www.Oxycontin.com (official product site). Marijuana on the other hand is relatively safe with the most commonly noted side-effect being hunger and euphoria for first time users. Caution should be exercised when giving medical cannabis to patients with a cardiovascular history, those with mental disorders, and for adolescents. Borgelt, L. M., Franson, K. L., Nussbaum, A.M. & Want, G.S. (2013). The pharmacological and clinical effects of medical cannabis, Pharmacotherapy, 33(2), 105-209. Comparative toxicological risk assessments have placed marijuana at extremely...

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Drugged Driving – Dude, I’m Injured Not Stoned

DRUGGED DRIVING - IS THIS PERSON INJURED OR STONED? When a law enforcement officer comes upon a crash scene he or she may suspect illicit drug use. Their training, the  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration manual and common sense dictate that no suspicion of drug use be  assumed without evidence. When a case involves medical problems, a drug investigation (DRE, drug recognition expert evaluation) should not be performed. This is the rule per NHTSA. The government wants to avoid confusing possible drug use with the observations really being medical issues. Where the NHTSA manual states in a situation like this, "your primary...

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