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.
Too many lives are affected by a simple yet complicated diagnosis of drug detection. For most Drug Tests…The Science is based on circumstantial evidence that measures naturally occurring reactive digestive enzymes and not the actual drug.
I became familiar with Jack Herer’s work in college. His book The Emperor Wears No Clothes.. served as one of my most useful research books for papers. It provided the details to counter against the propaganda created against the commonly grown plant. The prohibitionist Law against “Marijuana” and hemp was created under hypocrital and questionable rationality. This became the foundation of many of my essays about basic humanitarian rights and the political manipulation of those rights.
There has been is allot of progress in the cannibis users rights movement.. But how much of this is actual or just good PR for politicians.
Atleast the unfavorable positions of politicians are shifting to match the favorable statistics of the general population. Even after Obama’s declaration to keep from raiding lagitimate Medical Marijuana distributors.The police keep it a mystery how much law enforcement will be utilized in an attempt to prove who is legitimate or a”criminal organization”
Doesn’t consider marijuana leagalization a serious issue!
And has said that directly in interviews.
“Doctors perscribing Marijuana..I have no problem with that…
I think there are legitimate concerns in not allowing people to grow there own or start setting up Mom and Pop shops…because at that point it becomes fairly difficult to regulate (them)….whether I want to use allot of political capital on that issue.. the likelyhood f that being really high on my list isn’t likely…what I am not going to be doing is using justice department resources to circumvent State Laws on this issue…simply because I want folks to be investigating violent crimes, potential terrorism..we got allot of things for our law enforcement officers to deal with!”
The Hair Follicle test measures compounds caught in the hair that may be related to, but not necessarily created from illicit substances.
It is then trapped from an unspecified amount of time in the hair oil. (any where from 6 months to a year and a half)
Testing facilities often mislead people by claiming that the hair test is more accurate in telling amount used within 30-90 days. Taking the measurement from how fast hair grows (approx.1/4 inch per month) Therefore 3 months = 3 quarters of an inch.
But this is misleading…
There are no studies on how long it takes for old hair oil to circulate out of the hair. And for the substances trapped in the oil to be circulated under test cutoff levels.
Hair Detox Time can be affected by Hair type, Hair Color (pigment from light to dark), Hair Texture (curly, straight), hygiene treatment (frequency of washing, temperature of water, effectiveness of shampoo, leave in conditioner, changing out brushes and towels).
A current test suggested that even brief tactile contact with hands to hair oil from money handling achieved a positive result for cocaine in the hair!
Contact with couches, pillows, towels, head rests, hair ties, brushes, combs and hats should also be considered candidates for easy contamination from ‘outside’ sources.
False positives are possible for cocaine with Novocaine, Benzocaine, Quinine and even the antibiotic Amoxicillin. -For Amphetamines and Methamphetamine; Sudafed, diet pills, allergy medications, anything containing Ephedrine, Psudoephedrine, Propylephrine, or Desoxyephedrine. These include NyQuil, Contac, Allerest, Tylenol Sinus Gel caps, Vicks inhaler - For THC; Over the counter NSAIDs (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs) such as Ibuprofen, Advil, Nuprin or Pamprin and perscription NSAIDs Anaprox, Tolectin, Ifenoprofen, Lodine, Motrin etc.
There are allot more drugs on the market that may cause false positives, that may have been released within the last few years. There isn’t much funding for the study of false positives set aside from the government or any industries.
I have to respond to the New Study released today by “The White House”
The report said more teens use marijuana than all other illegal drugs combined…
Keep in mind that federal funds aren’t given if a study has any positive conclusions about the use of Cannabis. The report claims that “marijuana worsens” depression, schizophrenia and various other ‘teen’ problems.
They quote that they are referring to ‘new’ data…(of which I have to see a copy of yet).
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Drugs may be prohibited, banned, or prescribed, and some can be bought over the counter. What makes it interesting is the fact that drugs can be abused and can be a cause for conflict. Drug policies in the guise of curbing the battle both in government and private entities can do more harm than good. A policy which would require students and employees to undergo drug test can have social and psychological implications. How do you really pass a drug test? Does passing a drug test guarantee security in school and work tenure? Do these tests which may include hair test, urine test, to name a few, prevent or impede drug use?
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Everyone has a stake in ending the war on drugs. Whether you’re a parent concerned about protecting children from drug-related harm, a social justice advocate worried about racially disproportionate incarceration rates, an environmentalist seeking to protect the Amazon rainforest or a fiscally conservative taxpayer you have a stake in ending the drug war. U.S. federal, state and local governments have spent hundreds of billions of dollars trying to make America “drug-free.” Yet heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and other illicit drugs are cheaper, purer and easier to get than ever before. Nearly half a million people are behind bars on drug charges - more than all of western Europe (with a bigger population) incarcerates for all offenses. The war on drugs has become a war on families, a war on public health and a war on our constitutional rights.
In 1986, the Reagan administration began to heavily promote drug testing in the workplace as part of the escalating War on Drugs. Since then, drug testing has proliferated from safety-sensitive jobs to non-safety sensitive jobs to pre-employment job testing to suspicionless drug testing of public high school students to mandatory drug testing of applicants for public benefits. Drug testing is also a near universal feature of the criminal justice system in the United States, with most probationers and parolees required to undergo drug testing regardless of the nature of their underlying offense or history of drug use.
In April, my 85 year old mother-part blind, two hearing aids, two heart attacks and 17 years of drug war imprisonment of her only son G. Patrick Callahan behind her- tested positive with an ION Detector for illegal drugs at a federal prison in Seagonville, TX. My sisters were processed, but my mother was too deaf to understand that she was being told to leave the federal premises entirely. She’s also too old to put up with that crap, and she dissolved emotionally. Hunched over, with her head buried in her hands, she sobbed and wandered alone into the parking lot.
Tyrone Brown, 33, is now serving a life sentence for testing positive for marijuana while on probation for a $2 holdup he committed when he was 17. Brown’s harsh sentence received national attention after his story appeared in the Dallas Morning News and on the TV show 20/20.
As a result of testing positive in May 2006 while on probation, California medical marijuana patient Rachel Jones* was charged with violating her probation conditions. Ignoring Rachel’s doctor’s recommendation, which established her status as a qualified patient, her probation officer recommended jail time.
The Burbank City Council will decide tonight whether to pursue adoption of a drug-testing policy for elected officials—a month after former Councilwoman Stacey Jo Murphy pleaded guilty to cocaine possession.
In an ideal world government would have no say in the hiring practices of private companies, so such an issue would never arise. But we live in the world we live in, so perhaps it is helpful that the California Supreme Court has taken the case of Gary Ross, a former computer systems administrator who was fired for testing positive for marijuana, even though he was using it to alleviate chronic back pain with the approval of a physician, which is legal under the Compassionate Use Act approved by voters in 1996 and has never been challenged or invalidated in court.