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How Long Do Drugs Stay In Your System
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The human body eliminates substances at rates that differ from drug to drug. Understanding the pace of elimination can help people have a better idea of the impact of these substances and how long they will show up on tests conducted by law enforcement or employers. Marijuana is typically slow to purge from the body. The drug can be detected in urine for seven to 30 days and in hair for 90 days. Marijuana sticks around because its active component, THC, is fat soluble and will linger in the body for a longer period. Heroin typically is detectable in blood for six hours and in urine for two to 48 hours. Larger doses of heroin take longer to purge, so… Read More
Marijuana Legalization: How Marijuana is Viewed Today
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People’s views on marijuana in America have been changing in recent time. In the past, this drug was considered illegal in all fifty states, with harsh penalties if someone was found guilty of a drug-related criminal offense. However, with a change in people’s attitudes, so, too, has there been a change in laws regarding marijuana. Today, more people are in favor of making the drug legal for medicinal purposes, as well as recreational use. On average, around 50% of the population is in favor of legislation to legalize the drug for either medicinal or recreational purposes, or both. Currently, there are several states where marijuana can be used as a recreational drug, much like tobacco, and also by people looking… Read More
Drug Scheduling and How it Works (or Doesn’t Work)
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Drugs have been a long-standing elephant in the room when it comes to governing. After all, how is a government expected to fairly classify drugs and decide which ones have medicinal value and which ones should be described as illicit? How do you determine which substances should be subject to drug testing? Most legislators understand that you can’t have an “all or nothing” approach to drug prohibition, so what kind of system should be put in place to ensure the safety of the populace? This, no doubt, was in the thoughts and hearts of lawmakers all over the country when President Nixon’s administration introduced the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) in 1970. However, some long-standing designations are no longer reflective of… Read More
The Science Behind Drug Testing (and How to Beat It)
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Although various countries, states, and people in general are gradually becoming more understanding of personal drug use for medicine and recreation, drug tests are still commonly used both by employers and law enforcement entities. In many cases, drug tests will incriminate occasional and weekend users that pose no more of a threat to the workplace environment (or society, for that matter) than someone who has a nightly glass of wine. Until stigma associated with drug use dissolves, these tests will remain the norm. However, it’s important to keep in mind that these tests are not infallible, and those trying to figure out how to pass a drug test are not alone. Different Tests for Different Drugs Those with no knowledge… Read More
Marijuana Legalization Stats & Facts
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Since 1969, the number of Americans who support the legalization of marijuana has significantly increased, and it continues to grow. In 2015, 53% of Americans supported legalizing marijuana, compared to only 12% in 1969. The largest increase in the support has occurred in the past few years. Prior to 2010, many Americans still felt marijuana should be illegal. Now that has changed, and more people support the legalization of marijuana. Between 2010 and 2013, support for marijuana increased by 11 points, alone. Approximately 49% of Americans have reported they have tried marijuana at least once. In addition, 12% have reported they have used marijuana in the past year, while 18.9 million people state they have used marijuana in the past… Read More
What’s the Difference Between Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid Strains?
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In the past few years, citizens of the world have watched cannabis grow from an illicit substance into a quasi-legal medicinal alternative. While this change is inspiring, it also exposes a good amount of ignorance of people who don’t understand the science behind marijuana. Even as widespread social acceptance sweeps the globe, it’s going to be difficult in the coming years for medicinal marijuana patients to pass a drug test in order to gain employment, compete as an athlete, or join the armed forces. In part, this fear of cannabis originates from ignorance and the mass hysteria of the Reefer Madness era. By understanding the plant and its various incarnations, as well as its origins and medicinal properties, it may… Read More
The Truth about Alcohol vs. Marijuana
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While authorities have waged a costly and ineffective war for decades against marijuana, a more deadly and dangerous drug is legally sanctioned and largely accepted by society: alcohol. Study after study show that alcohol is a far greater danger to public health than marijuana. Alcohol contributes to more deaths and incidences of violence than marijuana ever could. More than 88,000 deaths and 696,000 assaults are linked to alcohol abuse each year, while there are little or no similar incidents linked to marijuana use. The long-term psychological and physical impacts of alcohol use are far more serious than that of marijuana use, as well. Long term alcohol users can develop elevated risks of heart disease and are also prone to suffer… Read More

The Evolution of Marijuana Legalization

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For some people, marijuana is a fun recreational drug, while others treasure it for its medicinal properties. Still others take a darker view of cannabis, condemning it as a dangerous vice or even a tool of the devil. The history of marijuana is certainly a colorful one, as public attitudes have shifted dramatically over the years, from acceptance to denunciation, and back to acceptance again. Let’s take a look at some of the important legal and social milestones in U.S. history that mark important changes in our relationship to marijuana. We’ll start our journey in 1619, when the Virginia Assembly passed a law requiring every farmer to grow hemp. Not only was hemp legal, its cultivation was literally mandated by… Read More
How to Pass a Drug Test
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How to Pass a Drug Screen More and more employers require drug pre-employment drug screens for prospective employees, but the invasion of privacy doesn’t end there. Employees injured in on-the-job accidents are often required to take drug tests, and drug testing has also been extended to public benefits recipients in some states. Drug tests typically are done by urinalysis—about 84 percent of companies use this method—but hair follicle, saliva, breath, and blood testing may also be used to check for the presence of various legal and illegal substances. Some are quite invasive, as hair follicle testing can determine whether a subject has used drugs or other intoxicants as far as three months back. Persons subject to a drug test who… Read More
The Ending Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2013 finally!…but, there’s more….
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Representatives Jared Polis of Colorado and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon introduced two legislative measures that would end the federal prohibition on marijuana and permit for the regulated production, retail sales of cannabis to adults in states that have legalized its consumption. “We are in the process of a dramatic shift in the marijuana policy landscape,” said Rep. Blumenauer. “Public attitude, state law, and established practices are all creating irreconcilable difficulties for public officials at every level of government. We want the federal government to be a responsible partner with the rest of the universe of marijuana interests while we address what federal policy should be regarding drug taxation, classification, and legality.” Blumenauer’s office said Monday that tax revenue from the… Read More
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