THC driving bill up for final reading, activist fears passage after previous failed attempts

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Yesterday, most of the drama at the State Capitol involved an Amendment 64 repeal proposal that fell short. But while that was happening, a THC driving standard proposal that had apparently been killed by a Senate committee last month not only rose from the dead but passed two readings. It's headed to the Senate floor today, and marijuana attorney Warren Edson, who's been updating us on a measure he sees as dangerous and unjust, thinks only a massive response from opponents can prevent it from becoming law.

On April 1, we published "Marijuana: THC driving bill continues steady march to passage," and the headline accurately reflected the measure's progress at that time. But over the course of the next several weeks, the proposal to establish an intoxication standard of five nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood -- a limit based on what critics see as dubious or nonexistent evidence -- suddenly hit a major roadblock.

As we've reported, the measure was voted down by the Senate Judiciary Committee. (The Senate rejected similar bills in 2011 and 2012.) But the concept still had a lot of support in the House and among law enforcement groups, who wrote in a letter to Governor John Hickenlooper and other officials that passing legislation without the THC standard would be irresponsible.

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Warren Edson.
Supporters subsequently affixed a hefty amendment about the THC standard to HB 1317, the main bill to regulate and implement Amendment 64. Last week, Edson described the twenty pages or so of material as "just the same, regurgitated stuff from the original bill," but made "bigger and broader by absorbing the standard DUI language. All they did was cut and paste the DUI statutes we've already got on the books into the bill."

Shortly thereafter, HB 13-1325 -- the original measure nixed by the judiciary committee -- was reintroduced. (See it below.) For a time, both it and HB 1317, which contained the same driving-standard restrictions, were moving forward simultaneously. But Edson speculated that the language would be stripped out of the larger bill -- and he feared that the separate proposal would fly under the radar, winning approval from senators more focused on the larger proposal.

That's precisely what happened. Speaking this morning, Edson says "they stuck it onto the big bill, 1317, and tried to get it to stick -- but when that ran the risk of tanking the big bill, they created a new, little bill. It's the same 22 pages that was in 1317, but taking it out removed the controversy -- and it passed two readings yesterday.

Here's the measure's legislative history to date:

03/09/2012 Introduced In House - Assigned to Judiciary
03/27/2012 House Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
04/17/2012 House Committee on Appropriations Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
04/19/2012 House Second Reading Laid Over Daily
04/23/2012 House Second Reading Passed with Amendments
04/24/2012 House Third Reading Passed
04/25/2012 Introduced In Senate -- Assigned to Judiciary
05/04/2012 Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations
05/08/2012 Senate Committee on Appropriations Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
Is there anything that can stop the bill at this point?

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BuddJones
BuddJones

Could the active ingredient in marijuana, responsible for its characteristic "high," help turn the tide against the accelerating Alzheimer's epidemic?

A remarkable study published in the journal Molecular Pharmacology in 2006, found that this long vilified plant contains a compound with not one, but two therapeutic properties ideal for addressing both the surface symptom (memory problems) and root cause (brain plaque) of Alzheimer's disease.[i]  This is an ironic finding, considering that the prevailing stereotype is that using marijuana "fries" the brain, leading to debilitating memory issues.

Researchers discovered that the psychoactive component of marijuana, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), both "competitively inhibits the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE) as well as prevents AChE-induced amyloid β-peptide (Aβ) aggregation."

On the first account, THC's ability to inhibit the AChE enzyme, is not unlike the mechanism of action behind most Alzheimer's drugs on the market today. Drugs like donepezil (trade name Aricept), for instance, by targeting and inhibiting the brain enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE), result in an increase in brain levels of this neurotransmitter, which in turn, results in symptom reduction, i.e. improved memory. Donepezil, however, is riddled with controversy due its well-known association with seizures, which likely reflects its intrinsic neurotoxicity.  It is, in fact, a chemical in the same general chemical class as venom, insecticides and chemical war agents, such as nerve gas.

On the second account, THC's ability to prevent the acetylcholinesterase-associated amyloid β-peptide (Aβ) aggregation, i.e. brain plaque, indicates that it may, as the researchers noted, "directly impact Alzheimer's disease pathology." In fact, they found "Compared to currently approved drugs prescribed for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, THC is a considerably superior inhibitor of Aβ aggregation, and this study provides a previously unrecognized molecular mechanism through which cannabinoid molecules may directly impact the progression of this debilitating disease."

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

See you ALL on the buses & light-rails .......

Time to RAISE the fares, AGAIN !!!

Drunks CAN sleep off their 'highs', while marijuana smokers must wait at LEAST a month before they are 'SAFE' to return behind the wheel of their $25,000(+), vehicles .....

aphid
aphid

Another bill designed to funnel money to lab testing facilities and lawyers as well as various "funds" mentioned in the language.  Full spectrum labs, betty aldworth, and the lawyers that authored the language are all probably thrilled with the way things are going.

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

Anyone who votes for this tax is voting to fund law enforcement to lock up and ruin the lives of your fellow citizens un-Constitutionally for driving. Your one ounce and 6 plants will still remain perfectly legal.....This part of the bill is 'severable'....Let these greedy bastards feel the political fallout of botching this thing big time....They'll be back with hands out-stretched..Hold your ground... :)

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

Kill the tax and let the state deal with the after-math. These people are scum and then some. They will come crawling back with knee-pads when they learn their cash has flown south.....

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Seeing that fascist bitch Rhonda Fields makes me puke. She's a bona fide threat to liberty.

Testecleese
Testecleese

Here's a thought. Perhaps it's time to punish the legislature for their failure to implement A64 the way it was intended: regulate like alcohol. Should have been an easy task, there was plenty of direction made by the voters. But they failed.

If I understand it correctly, in order to remove A64 it would require 2/3 of legislature approval as well as passing by at least 66% of the voters? Is this correct?

If so then organize and defeat the ballot measure on the excise tax as well as the sales tax and force the legislature to find funding elsewhere. They lower the tax request to more reasonable levels, and remove the 5 nanogram limit and then support could be given to a different tax structure.

The voters of Colorado gave specific direction. It was not a request. It was not a suggestion. It was a direction. Make them take responsibility for their undermining the voter. 

Just an idea.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

You are a coward and a retard. It public information and the are public officals or do you not know what public servents means?

sucka1
sucka1

Hooray!  We did it!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Hey Bitches! ... look at Donkey's fancy new award "Top Commenter"

Booooooo yaaaaaaaaaah!

PermaDUI
PermaDUI

Since I'll always be over 5ng, I guess I'm perma-DUI.  Therefore there is no incentive for me to not booze it up and drive, I'll save tons on cabs, that's for sure.

geronimo
geronimo

Now law makers should work on tightening the laws around driving under the influence of alcohol which is a much bigger concern.  Adopting rules for all drivers similar to the FAA rules for pilots would be a good start.  

Federal Aviation Regulation (CFR) 91.17

The use of alcohol and drugs by pilots is regulated by CFR 91.17. Among other provisions, this regulation states that no person may operate or attempt to operate an aircraft:

  • within 8 hours of having consumed alcohol
  • while under the influence of alcohol
  • with a blood alcohol content of 0.04% or greater
  • while using any drug that adversely affects safety

BuddJones
BuddJones

@MnizzleCannabinoids, the active chemical components of marijuana, can regulate inflammation in the brain and promote neurogenesis — the growth of new neural pathways — even in cells damaged by age or trauma. As more research has indicated that brain inflammation appears to be a cause of several degenerative diseases, marijuana has been getting a closer look as a potential preventive medication.
 

BuddJones
BuddJones

@aphid

The war on drugs has most people believing there is no legitimate argument for marijuana, causing it to be highly looked down upon and illegal under federal law throughout the United States. But there is an exceptionally large body of research pointing to the positive impact marijuana can have on various health ailments, with recent research revealing a link between marijuana and Alzheimer’s – showing that THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, may be beneficial for Alzheimer’s patients.

As published in the journal Molecular Pharmacology, a Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology studyshows that Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) both “competitively inhibits the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE) as well as prevents AChE-induced amyloid β-peptide (Aβ) aggregation.” In other words, cannabinoid molecules found in cannabis could halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@betweenthelines "Your one ounce and 6 plants will still remain perfectly legal"

Enjoy it ... because that is ALL you chumps got in return for SURRENDERING TOTAL CONTROL of Marijuana over to Prohibitionist Politicians, the Insatiable Dept. of Revenue, and the Law Enforcement Goons who've been running the Drug War against you these past 40+ years.

Imagine the Palestinians surrendering total control of Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem to the Zionist swine ... in exchange for 6 olive trees -- no more than 3 of which are producing olives -- and possession of no more than 1 can of olives ... only for those over 21 years old.

Stupid Stoners = their OWN worst Enemy!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@betweenthelines "Kill the tax and let the state deal with the after-math"

They'll simply deny funding altogether, then NO LICENSES for commercial ops will ever be approved or implemented.

Or perhaps they should take the $$$ needed to operate that piece of crap A64 FROM the SCHOOL BUDGET ... the same schools that lyin' Brian Vicente and mendacious Mason Tvert promised to fund to the tune of $40,000,000.00 per YEAR in excise TAXES on POT.

Then see how fast the duped voters repeal the FRAUD and FARCE that is A64.

BuddJones
BuddJones

@Cognitive_DissidentCognitive decline is the No. 1 fear among Americans older than 50, but while we know that exercise, proper diet and social and educational engagement can help maintain brain health, there is as yet no intervention that can fully prevent the onset of dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

If no such development occurs, the number of Americans with Alzheimer's disease is expected to triple in the next 50 years. And while there has been hope that natural remedies could have an impact, none has been shown to be effective so far. When a study released last month proved that ginkgo biloba could not prevent Alzheimer's, one researcher called it the "nail in the coffin" for that theory.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Testecleese "The voters of Colorado gave specific direction"

... requiring the general assembly to enact an excise tax to be levied upon wholesale sales of marijuana; requiring that the first $40 million in revenue raised annually by such tax be credited to the public school capital construction assistance fund ...

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Testecleese I plan to vote against the tax. They got greedy and added an extra sales tax. I do not approve. Only the state can figure out how to lose money by not persecuting people. Oh well, that's what sucker A64 voters expected, anyway. Poof! more fascism. This predictable outcome is why I couldn't vote for it. Who would have expected excessive regulation and taxation? (I did.)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@betweenthelines ... true DE-Criminalization of ALL Marijuana offenses would have been FAR BETTER than that fake "legalization" of a pathetic ounce that Colorado and Washington passed.


geronimo
geronimo

Colorado law currently allows alcohol consumers to drive immediately after the consumption of alcohol at levels double the amount allowable for pilots.  End the drunk driving madness!

BuddJones
BuddJones

@aphidThis is hardly the first time research has shown that marijuana fights the very disease it’s been accused of causing. Dr. Sean McAllister’s research at the Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco answers the age-old question: Does marijuana cause cancer? He shows that cannabidiol offers hope of a non-toxic therapy that could treat aggressive forms of cancer without any of the painful side effects of chemotherapy. Let’s not also forget about Mike Hyde, the father who helped his 3-year-old son beat brain cancer with oil from marijuana.

BuddJones
BuddJones

@DonkeyHotay@betweenthelines

Many drugs on the market today address symptoms of Alzheimer’s by targeting and inhibiting the AChE enzyme, a neurotransmitter. This leads to decreased levels of AChE, thereby resulting in reduced symptoms.

The problem with many Alzheimer’s drugs like donepezil (known as Aricept), however, is that they are associated with seizures, among other nasty side-effects. But it isn’t too surprising—donepezil is in the same class of chemicals as many insecticides and agents of chemical warfare like nerve gas.

THC inhibits AChE on par with Aricept, and it even prevents brain plaque buildup—AchE-induced amyloid β-peptide (Aβ) aggregation for the scientifically well-versed. The researchers studied the reduction of Aβ aggregation after administration of donepezil and tacrine, which resulted in 22 percent and 7 percent reductions, respectively. “Compared to currently approved drugs prescribed for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease,” says study author Lisa M. Eubanks, “THC is a considerably superior inhibitor of Aβ aggregation, and this study provides a previously unrecognized molecular mechanism through which cannabinoid molecules may directly impact the progression of this debilitating disease.”

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

Yep, but we don't have to PAY for it! Everyone vote NO! on the tax and watch Hickenlooper and his SMART Colorado cohorts squirm.. :)

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Testecleese Show the "specific direction" for a special extra sales tax, troll.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stucka1 = loves to get REGULATED.

BuddJones
BuddJones

@aphidWhile the link between marijuana and Alzheimer’s may be exciting, not everyone has access to such a controversial treatment. And the escalation of the disease rates is not slowing – Alzheimer’s incidence is projected to triple over the coming 50 years. While we know that Alzheimer’s is primarily caused by an overall unhealthy lifestyle made up of a poor diet and lack of exercise, researchers are looking to see if stress is one of the factors that affect one’s risk of Alzheimer’s. Seeing as stress wreaks havoc on the immune system, there is no doubt that it also helps to breed Alzheimer’s.

So what else can you do to prevent the health condition? Shifting to an overall healthy lifestyle is the best option, but there are specific measures to take as well. Consuming foods rich in vitamin E can help prevent the health issue, while a direct relationship has been made between coconut oil and Alzheimer’s as well – a relationship that should not be overlooked.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <==== showing off its penchant, fascination, and obsession with gay anal fisting, gay anal sex, and eating shit from gay mens' asses, once again! Who knew? 

...oh, yeah, it's an hourly occurance...

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

@DonkeyHotay @betweenthelines No one voted for 'self-abuse'. The drafters of A64 did not force these psychos to draw up a bill requiring mandatory blood draws done on the side of the road by a pot-bellied sociopath...Nor did they request an .5ng driving limit that is not based in science but in revenue dollars....NO! NO! NO! on the taxes.....Let the chips fall where they may... :)

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay <====   the pathetic asswipe prohibitionist who voted FOR PROHIBITION.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay 

" Does it hurt to be so ignorant?"

Your ignorance hurts you so bad it causes you to whine and cry on this blog all day every day, showing off your ignorance and making a public spectacle of your idiocy and your pathetic closeted perversions.

hth fucking moron

betweenthelines
betweenthelines

@DonkeyHotay Like I said. If we are gonna be abused, then it would be stupid to give them ONE PENNY of our tax dollars to fund it....A NO! vote is a vote for dignity and respect, Colorado... :)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@betweenthelines ... why would they care if commercial pot shop regulations go unfunded and unimplemented? ... they aren't pathetic slacker-stoners who are too stupid to grow their own, needing to purchase a pathetic ounce of warehouse schwag at some overpriced overtaxed government approved retail facility.

And you can bet they'll get payback by zealously enFORCING the EXISTING CRIMINAL statutes against every fool who dares exceed the piteously puny limits and restrictions of A64.

Does it hurt to be so ignorant?


stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay  

Dear asshole,

I am not, nor ever will be, interested in your pathetic and perverse sexual advances.  Go fuck yourself, it's what you do best.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay@PermaDUI 

@DonkeyHotayLoser

@DonkeyHotay And yet here you are, sexless, unemployed, pathetic, trolling the site every day on every article with your worthless vitriol and ignorance. Its no wonder why you dont have a partner- youre obviously obsessive, obtuse, and have a lack of intelligence surpassed by few. Why are you complaining about the site when you practically live on here, day after day after day? Dont shit where you eat, little troll. Maybe go outside once in awhile, get a hobby, maybe try growing a brain. Try finding something that you can actually offer, because you clearly have nothing to offer here- or in any other capacity in life. In short- get a life, you pathetic, cowardly, moronic loser.

QFTMFT.


PermaDUI
PermaDUI

@DonkeyHotay  Only 52 posts today Donkey?  Sounds like you are busy with real life today.

PermaDUI
PermaDUI

@geronimo Fucking love it, especially now there are no additional legal consequences.

geronimo
geronimo

Buzzed driving is drunk driving, we've all heard it, and buzzes typically occur at a BAC of .05 percent.  Driving with a BAC above .04 percent is drunk driving.

geronimo
geronimo

PermaDUI condones drinking and driving.

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