Oregon Man Finds Porta-Potty Filled to the Brim With Marijuana

An Oregon man made quite the discovery this week when he found a massive marijuana crop stashed inside a porta-potty at a local park.

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The unidentified man was walking his dog at a Rogue River park when he made the shocking discovery in the portable bathroom. Instead of leaving it alone or cashing in, the man reported the find to the police, who have stated it is the largest seizure of the plant that their department has ever made.

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A man walking his dog through Anna Classick Park this morning just before 9am, stopped to use the Porta-Potty next to the tennis courts…and found this. Got marijuana? We Do!” Rogue River Police wrote on their Facebook page on Wednesday, with five photos of the weed.

One helpful resident offered to help the department out, commenting on their post that she specializes “in weed eradication and i can help make it disappear as a service to the community.”

The outdoor toilet had reportedly been checked by a public works employee three hours prior to the weed discovery, and was empty at the time. There were also people playing tennis nearby, though they told police that they did not see anything suspicious.

On Thursday morning, Chief Ken Lewis stated that the police still do not know how the marijuana ended up in the potty, or why. He floated theories from the toilet being a pick up point for a sale to a disgruntled citizen protesting all the marijuana grows in the area.

In a sad sight for stoners everywhere, the department also updated their page with the status of the weed in the mid-afternoon.

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“Well, all good things must come to an end, and this is how the marijuana from yesterday’s “The Fresh Connection” case ended up this morning after being run through the city’s wood chipper. It is now green mulch. Let’s just hope we don’t get some suspicious looking green plants coming up through the ground next year at the city’s Public Works yard,” the department wrote, including photos of the destroyed plants.

Oregon was the first state to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, as well as one of the first to legalize it for medicinal purposes. In 2015, the state declared marijuana sales legal to recreational users from dispensaries.

Cultivation of marijuana for non-medical purposes has been legal in the state since 2014.

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Gary Johnson stopped using marijuana for White House bid

Gary Johnson smoked marijuana seven weeks ago, but says he will stop during his run for office because he wants to be “completely on top of my game.”

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Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson revealed on Thursday that he is abstaining from using marijuana while he runs for the White House.

During an interview with USA Today, Johnson was asked how long it’s been since he’s taken the drug.

“It’s been about seven weeks,” he responded, adding that he would not partake in the drug during his term if he’s elected. “I want to be completely on top of my game, all cylinders.”

Johnson has long advocated for legalizing the drug, saying on Thursday that there is “an unbelievable disconnect” between politicians and the public on the issue.

“I haven’t had a drink of alcohol in 29 years because of rock climbing and the notion of being the best that you can be, and in that same vein I’ve stopped using marijuana of any kind,” he said earlier in the interview.


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The FBI Says It Can’t hire Hackers because They All Smoke Pot

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The Internet can be a treacherous place.

So treacherous, that in order to meet the mounting cybersecurity challenges posed by hackers, Congress has tasked the FBI with hiring some 2,000 new recruits to fight computer-related crimes.

But the hiring process has hit an unforeseen snag: the FBI’s drug testing policies are making it nearly impossible for them to hire hackers with enough skills to best the cyber-criminals the feds are trying to take down.

“I am absolutely dead set against using marijuana,” FBI director James Comey told those in attendance at a senate hearing on the bureau’s oversight, “I don’t want young people to use marijuana. It’s against the law. We have a three-year ban on marijuana.”

The strict rules against cannabis put in place by Comey’s FBI have drastically reduced the applicant pool for the 2,000 positions the bureau has to fill.

The most talented hackers are taking more lucrative and more weed-tolerant positions at private cybersecurity firms.

“I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview,” Comey said.

It’s no secret that the federal government is having a hard time hiring cybersecurity experts.

According to the Wall Street Journal, FBI Director Comey said that in order to effectively combat so-called cyber criminals, the government would essentially have to allow government hackers use marijuana.

With more lucrative opportunities elsewhere, few talented applicants seem willing to set aside their habit just to work for the feds.

“[We have] the government hiring practices of the 1940s and 50s in the 21st century,” Gregory Wilshusen, director of information at the General Accountability Office, told reporters.

The agency’s current regulations forbid hiring someone who has “smoked” marijuana in the last three years.

Although there’s nothing in the bylaws which stipulate other forms of cannabis consumption, like dabs or edibles, wouldn’t be allowed, it seems the spirit of the regulation is a ban on buds across the board.

Because of the problems it is facing trying to find talented cybersecurity experts to work for the government, the FBI may have to begin considering relaxing its restrictions on cannabis and taking a closer look at hiring practices.

Comey, however, has stated he will not relax the current policies: “I did not say that I’m going to change that ban. I said I have to grapple with the change in my workforce.”

Even so, the agency is requesting that interested applicants should apply whether or not they’ve recently gotten stoned.


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Colorado will use cannabis tax to help homeless

Major Colorado City will use $1.5 million cannabis tax revenues to help the homeless. 

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Aurora city officials want to use the drugs sales tax for so-called ‘one-time uses’ Reuters 

Aurora, the third largest city in the state, will donate funds to organisations which help low-income people with housing and community services  

One of the largest cities in Colorado is donating millions of dollars raised by taxes on marijuana sales to local non-profit organisations which help the homeless.

Aurora will use a significant portion of the $4.5 million revenue from recreational cannabis to fund the Colfax Community Network, which helps low-income families to live in motels, apartments and provides food, clothing, hygiene products and nappies, as well as other local programmes.

A total of $1.5 million of the revenue has been earmarked for homeless efforts in the 2017 and 2018 city budgets, in addition to the $1.5 million already approved for the 2016 budget.

Colorado has already given the non-profit around $220,000 to assist with operating expenses, part of a two-year plan to deal with homelessness in the state’s third largest city.

“The Colfax Community Network is in extremely dire straits in that they do not have funds to continue operating,” Nancy Sheffield, director of Aurora neighbourhood services, told the Aurora Sentinel.

The Comitis Crisis Center and Aurora Mental Health will also be equipped with a van for their homeless outreach programs, along with two outreach workers each.

An Aurora Housing Authority landlord coordinator will now work full time instead of part time, thanks to a city allocation of $45,000. This position is vital as landlords are often reluctant to accept previously homeless people as tenants.

Council members are also considering a day center for the homeless, a place where they could wash their clothes, take a shower and receive mental health services.

Normally funded by revenue from red-light cameras, the sales revenue from cannabis has come as a welcome relief for non-profits, according to the Denver Post.

“We wanted to be able to show citizens that we are having a positive impact on the community and point to specific projects or initiatives to where that money is going to,” said city councilman Bob Roth.

Recreational sales of the drug started in October 2014, the first state to legalize recreational drug use. There are now at least 20 dispensaries in the city, but the number of marijuana licences is capped at 24.

Aurora city officials forecasted that pot revenue would double from $2.65 million in 2015 to $5.4 million in 2016. Revenue from cannabis is expected to clock in $6.4 million in 2017, but should remain flat from 2018 to 2020 once all the dispensary licences are used up.

In March Los Angeles also proposed to fund housing for homeless people through a tax on pot, which is estimated to bring in an annual $16.7 million.


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AAA says no Scientific Basis for roadside Marijuana tests

Automotive association of America study Says tests for Driving While Impaired By Marijuana Have No Scientific Basis.

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FILE – In this April 2, 2016 file photo, a demonstrator waves a flag with marijuana leaves on it during a protest calling for the legalization of marijuana, outside of the White House in Washington. Six states that allow marijuana use have legal tests for driving while impaired by the drug that have no scientific basis, according to a study by the nation’s largest automobile club that calls for scrapping those laws. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

US- According to a recent study by the nation’s largest automobile association, the six states that currently have legal tests to determine if a person is driving high or not should consider getting rid of their laws saying that “that have no scientific basis.”
The study commissioned by the 3A’s safety foundation claims it is not possible to set a blood-test threshold for THC,[the chemical in marijuana that gets you high] at least one that can reliably determine a persons impairment. Yet at the moment the legal limit for THC in Washington and Colorado is still set at .5 ug/L, and there’s no science that shows drivers become impaired at any specific level of THC in the blood. A lot depends upon the individual drivers with relatively high levels of THC in their systems might not be impaired, especially if they are long time regular users, while others with relatively low levels may actually be unsafe behind the wheel. At the moment five of six states that have legalized marijuana automatically presume a driver guilty if that person tests higher than the limit, and not guilty if it’s lower. As a result, drivers who are unsafe may be going free while others may be being wrongly convicted.

“There’s no science that shows drivers become impaired at a specific level of THC in the blood. A lot depends upon the individual. Drivers with relatively high levels of THC in their systems might not be impaired, especially if they are regular users, while others with relatively low levels may be unsafe behind the wheel.”

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A comparison of lane weaving observed in a simulated driving study between common legal drunk driving limits (BrAC) and the blood concentration of THC that produce a similar amount of lane weaving.

The automotive foundation’s recommendation was to scrap the laws in Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington even as legislatures in several more states are considering adopting similar laws.
Just last year in a first-of-its-kind study at University of Iowa researchers concluded that the effects of inhaled cannabis only had no significant impairment on driving performance.

The AAA recommends replacing the current laws with ones that rely on the discretion of specially trained police officers to determine if a driver is impaired or not, then backed up by a test for the presence of THC rather than the charge being based only on a specific threshold. The foundation said that Colorado, Montana, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Washington should consider scrapping their laws even as several more states consider adopting similar ones.

“There is understandably a strong desire by both lawmakers and the public to create legal limits for marijuana impairment in the same manner we do alcohol,” said Marshall Doney, AAA’s president and CEO. “In the case of marijuana, this approach is flawed and not supported by scientific research.”

Nine states have zero-tolerance laws for driving and marijuana that make not only the presence of THC in a driver’s blood illegal, but also the presence of its metabolites, which can linger for weeks after use.

“That makes no sense” according to Mark A. R. Kleiman, a New York University professor specializing in issues involving drugs and criminal policy. he says “A law against driving with THC in your bloodstream is not a law you can know you are obeying except by never smoking marijuana or never driving” rather than switching to a new kind of law as AAA recommends, states should consider simply making it a minor traffic violation.
“Using marijuana and driving roughly doubles the risk of a crash” Kleiman said. “By comparison, talking on a hands-free cellphone while driving quadruples crash risk”. “Where as a blood alcohol content of .12, which is about the median amount in drunk driving case, increases crash risk by about 15 times.. Driving with a noisy child in the back of the car is about as dangerous as using marijuana.”

The exception is when a driver has both been using marijuana and drinking alcohol because the two substances together greatly heighten impairment. Tim Brown from the study conducted at the University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) found drivers who use alcohol and marijuana together weave more on a virtual roadway than drivers who used either substance independently. However, the cocktail of alcohol and marijuana does not double the effect of the impairment as some others have proclaimed.

“What we saw was an additive effect, not a synergistic effect, when we put them together,” says Tim Brown, associate research scientist at NADS and co-author of the study. “You get what you expect if you take alcohol and cannabis and merge them together.”

The Automotive association also released a second study that found the share of drivers in fatal crashes who had recently used marijuana doubled in Washington after the state legalized it for recreational use in December 2012. From 2013 to 2014, the share of drivers who had recently used marijuana rose from 8 percent to 17 percent. While it stopped short of connecting the statistics directly, the AAA traffic safety director Jake Nelson said traffic fatalities went up 6 percent in Washington during that same while the fatalities nationally had declined. We all know that driving impaired on any substance is dumb and unsafe, however these recent studies go a long way in proving what many stoners have said for sometime and that is that smoking marijuana effects your driving ability far less then drink booze, sexting, doing make up, or attempting to beat rush-hour traffic eating a burrito in a thunderstorm, which would be perfectly legal in all 50 states.

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http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/study-scientific-basis-laws-marijuana-driving-38998447

http://now.uiowa.edu/2015/06/ui-studies-impact-marijuana-driving

 

 


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