Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Can weed control violent bikers in Texas

Perhaps in a bid to slow down gangster bikers, the Texas legislature has approved medical marijuana.
It isn’t likely to calm any aging bikers down.
And before weed supporters get too high, Gov. Abbott could veto it.
Showing the usual lack of understanding of the Lone Star state citizens, a legislator who supported the bill said it would not get people high. It could only  be ingested orally, and not smoked.
"It is also not something you can get high on. It has a low risk of abuse," Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Word said. "This is not something that can be smoked. It is ingested orally."
Edible pot has been condemned by some weed critics because it results in paranoia and other unhelpful symptoms, some users report, particularly when it is first used or portions consumed are larger than recommended.
It doesn’t come with FDA warnings about side effects because federally it is illegal.
Media have promoted unconfirmed stories that edible pot led to people jumping to their deaths or killing their spouses.
In fact, the New York Times recently reported lawmen around the nation were stepping up efforts to stop the spread of edibles hidden in lollipops and marshmallows.
A Tennessee police chief, Jim Jeffries, reported recently pulling over an out-of-state-car. Instead of moonshine, officers found “24 pounds of marijuana-laced cookies and small hard candies shaped like gingerbread men, plus a tub of pungent marijuana butter perfect for making more.”
Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Four states, Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska have legalized it for recreation.
But Texas is not the only state that believes that by not allowing it to be smoked no one will get high.
New York’s Compassionate Care Act makes medical marijuana legal but only in non-smoking forms.
You might be surprised in how many forms weed is sold: tincture, lotion, crème, edibles and in forms meant to be smoked in joints or vaporizers.
Marijuana science is very complicated as most research has been outlawed since the drug was prohibited more than 80 years ago when manufacturers wanted it to stop competing with synthetic hemp.
THC is the main ingredient that makes people high. CBD is often used in medicines designed not to get people stoned. But both are often present, to one degree or another, in any form of weed that is sold.
Waco police said gangster bikers involved in the shootout at a “breastaurant” there were trafficking in marijuana and harder drugs.
On Twitter, some were calling them the “Branch Davidsons,” a reference to the incident April 19, 1993 when 76 died when federal agents stormed a compound of looney Christians who called themselves “Branch Davidians.” There were allegations of drug use in the compound.
Some marijuana advocates say the Texas measure, if it becomes law, limits use so much to be ineffective.

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