CA: Unscientific MMj DUI Measure Heard Tuesday

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  1. DdC

    DdC Member

    We can have justice
    whenever those who have not been injured by injustice
    are as outraged by it as those who have been.
    --Solon (594 B.C.)

    California: Unscientific Per Se DUI
    Marijuana Measure to be Heard Tuesday
    Friday, 19 April 2013

    Legislation is pending in the California Senate, Senate Bill 289, that seeks to "make it unlawful for a person to drive a motor vehicle if his or her blood contains any detectable amount of a drug classified in Schedules I, II, III, or IV of the California Uniform Controlled Substance Act." Senate Bill 289 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Public Safety and will be heard on April 23. You can read written testimony in opposition to SB 289 here.

    Under this Act, prosecutors could charge individuals, including state-qualified medical marijuana patients, with DUI cannabis solely based on the presence of trace levels of THC in their blood, regardless of whether further evidence of behavioral impairment is present.

    According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website, THC blood levels are poor indicators of cannabis-induced impairment. NHTSA states: "It is difficult to establish a relationship between a person's THC blood or plasma concentration and performance impairing effects. ... It is inadvisable to try and predict effects based on blood THC concentrations alone."

    California NORML and NORML successfully lobbied against the passage of similar legislation last year. Sacramento NORML is running radio ads across the state in opposition to this measure. You can listen to the advertisement here. California NORML and Sacramento NORML will also be hosting a rally against SB 289 on Tuesday, April 23 at 11am on the west steps of the capitol, you can RSVP to that event here.

    Please take a moment to contact your Senator using a pre-written letter to oppose this legislation by visiting NORML's 'Take Action Center' here:

    NORML has additional resources relevant to this issue here:

    * Cannabis and psychomotor performance: A rational review of the evidence and implications for public policy
    * Imposing Per Se Limits For Cannabis: Practical Limitations and Concerns
    * Cannabis and Driving: A Scientific and Rational Review

    Additional information about this hearing is available from California NORML.

    Sincerely,
    The NORML Team

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    A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
    John F. Kennedy

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    After his resignation, Turner joined with Robert DuPont and former head of NIDA, Peter Bensinger, to corner the market on urine testing. They contracted as advisors to 250 of the largest corporations to develop drug diversion, detection, and urine testing programs.

    Soon after Turner left office, Nancy Reagan recommended that no corporation be permitted to do business with the Federal government without having a urine purity policy in place to show their loyalty.

    Just as G. Gordon Liddy went into high-tech corporate security after his disgrace, Carlton Turner became a rich man in what has now become a huge growth industry: urine-testing.

    Legalizers, Common Sense & Wrong Dollars

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  2. Driftwood Gypsy

    Driftwood Gypsy Lifetime Supporter Lifetime Supporter

    Oh that is ridiculous! Has nobody told these people it stays in your system for a WHILE?!
     
  3. DdC

    DdC Member

    The prohibitionists are living in the "Airplane" movie..

    Striker : Tell 'em the gear is down and we're ready to land.
    Elaine : The gear is down and we're ready to land.
    Kramer : Alright, he's on final now,
    put out all runway lights except 9er.
    Towerguy: Captain,
    maybe we ought to turn on the search lights now.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0X0ZYbnHxA"]MCrosky:No,thats just what they'll be expecting us to do

    "We have spent over a trillion dollars trying to eradicate the world's most beneficial plant off the face of the earth. Imagine what a better world this would be if that money had been spent on treatment, education and studying the medical benefits of marijuana."
    -- Steve Hager - High Times Editor (1988 - 2003)

    No, thats just what they'll be expecting us to do...

    "At DEA, our mission is to make MMJ use the most expensive, unpleasant, risky, and disreputable form of recreation a person could have."
    – Donnie Marshall,
    Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)


    The War on Drugs is a Failure (Video) NYTimes

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  4. DdC

    DdC Member

    Are You High?
    CA Bill SB 289 and Sen. Lou Correa Cultivate Clueless Legislation
    SACRAMENTO: Hearings on Sen. Correa's zero-tolerance DUI bill SB 289 have been set for April 23rd before the State Senate Public Safety Committee. The bill would outlaw driving with ANY detectable amount of marijuana or other controlled substances in the blood unless taken on an MD's prescription. Because traces of marijuana can remain in the blood for days or even weeks after last use, the bill would potentially criminalize every driver who uses marijuana, no matter how responsibly. Since medical marijuana is not prescribed but recommended, the bill would jeopardize medical as well as non-medical marijuana users - but not drivers who misuse more dangerous prescription drugs.

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    NORML strongly opposes SB 289 on the grounds that scientific studies have shown that blood tests are incapable of determining driving impairment. According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,"It is difficult to establish a relationship between a person's THC blood or plasma concentration and performance impairing effects. ... It is inadvisable to try and predict effects based on blood THC concentrations alone.”
    TELL THE STATE SENATE TO SAY NO TO SB 289.
    KEY SENATORS (Public Safety Committee):
    Chair Loni Hancock Oakland - Berkeley
    Sen. Marty Block - San Diego
    Sen. Kevin De Leon - East LA, Alhambra, San Marino
    Sen. Carol Liu - Glendale, S. Pasadena, Burbank, Claremont, San Dimas, Monrovia
    Sen. Darrell Steinberg - Sacramento
    Sen. Joel Anderson - Murrieta - Temecula - E. San Diego
    Sen. Steve Knight - Palmdale - Lancaster - Victorville - Apple Valley

    Source: CA NORML

    April 18 -
    Over 2,000 letters and emails have been sent in opposition to Correa DUI Bill SB289

    Please send your email today
    Read more about SB289

    Rally Against SB289 Tuesday April 23, 11AM
    Capitol Park, 15th and L, Sacramento


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    BILL NUMBER: SB 289 INTRODUCED BY Senator Correa
    FEBRUARY 14, 2013

    Lou Correa
    Jose Luis Correa (born January 24, 1958 in Anaheim, California) is a California Democratic Party Legislator. He is serving his second term as a member of the California State Senate, representing the 34th Senate District.

    The district includes the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster.

    * Veterans Affairs (Chair)
    * Mental Health Service Oversight and Accountability Commission (Member)


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    California: Unscientific Per Se DUI
    Marijuana Measure to be Heard Tuesday
    norml Friday, 19 April 2013
    Under this Act, prosecutors could charge individuals, including state-qualified medical marijuana patients, with DUI cannabis solely based on the presence of trace levels of THC in their blood, regardless of whether further evidence of behavioral impairment is present.

    California: Unscientific Per Se DUI Inc.

    When leaders act contrary to conscience

    After his resignation, Turner joined with Robert DuPont and former head of NIDA, Peter Bensinger, to corner the market on urine testing. They contracted as advisors to 250 of the largest corporations to develop drug diversion, detection, and urine testing programs.

    Soon after Turner left office, Nancy Reagan recommended that no corporation be permitted to do business with the Federal government without having a urine purity policy in place to show their loyalty.

    Just as G. Gordon Liddy went into high-tech corporate security after his disgrace, Carlton Turner became a rich man in what has now become a huge growth industry: urine-testing.

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    "A great deal of intelligence
    can be invested in ignorance
    when the need for illusion is deep."
    -- Saul Bellow

    Dem.Ass.Woman Torre' Drudged Driving Bill

    From the Office of Assemblymember Bill Monning (2012)
    Thank you for your correspondence expressing your opposition to Assembly Bill (AB) 2552, authored by Assemblymember Torres and relating to driving under the influence.

    AB 2552 would make it a crime, and establish a rebuttable presumption, if someone is found to have cannabinoids or synthetic cannabinoids compound in his or her system while driving a vehicle.

    The measure is currently in the Assembly Committee on Public Safety awaiting a hearing. Unfortunately, I am not a member of the Assembly Public Safety Committee however, if AB 2552 comes before me for a vote on the Assembly Floor, I will be sure to take your thoughtful comments into consideration.

    Again, thank you for contacting me about your opposition to AB 2552. I look forward to hearing from you in the future regarding other issues.

    Sincerely,
    WILLIAM W. MONNING
    Assemblymember, 27th District


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  5. DdC

    DdC Member

    Are You Drunk Correa?

    CORREA INTRODUCES SB 289:
    ZERO-TOLERANCE DRUGGED-DUI MEASURE
    February 19, 2013
    LAW ENFORCEMENT BACKED BILL
    Sponsored by the California State Sheriffs’ Association, California Police Chiefs Association, California Narcotics Officers Association and International Faith Based Coalition, SB 289 would join 17 other states and make it illegal for a person to drive a vehicle if his or her blood contains any detectable amount of Schedule I, II, III or IV drugs. SB 289 excludes medicine used with a valid prescription issued by a licensed health care practitioner. Over the counter medication (allergy, cold and cough medicine) do not require a prescription and thus are NOT a scheduled/controlled drug.

    "The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents. Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy ... and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with 'scientific support' ... fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others."
    ~ William F. Buckley, Jr. Requiescat In Pace
    Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495

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    SB-289 Vehicles: driving under the influence: drugs.
    Bill Status
    Committee Location:
    Sen Public Safety
    Committee Hearing Date: 04/30/13

    Urine drug screen revenue up 19,164% in CA worker’s comp cases in 8 years
    I have posted before about the urine drug screen industry and how lucrative it is…as well as how ripe it is for abuse and fraud (Calloway Lab’s $20 million settlement for Medicaid fraud, Kickbacks and other abuses, Ameritox’s $16.3 million settlement with the DOJ for kickback allegations, Ameritox’s suit against Millennium Laboratories for alleged kickbacks, etc).

    The study uncovered some interesting things:

    * The number of drug testing dates of service increased 4,537%
    * The total amount paid by employers and insurance companies for drug testing increased 19,164%
    * The average amount paid per date of service increased 315%
    * Extrapolating the results to the entire worker’s comp system, it is estimated insurance companies and employers will have spent nearly $100 million in 2011 and is expected to reach $150 million this year

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    Exclusive: U.S. drug testing firm probed for alleged fraud, intimidation
    Appel said the company is a leader in business ethics in the estimated $4 billion industry that helps doctors monitor the soaring use and abuse of pain drugs. He said the grand jury may also be investigating Millennium's competitors. All four said they testified that Millennium was getting doctors to order unnecessary urine tests and charging excessive fees to Medicare and private insurers. Millennium has denied those accusations in civil lawsuits.

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    Adam- Can you give me a rough estimate of how much the drug testing cost is to test one applicant?

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    When leaders act contrary to conscience
    After his resignation, Turner joined with Robert DuPont and former head of NIDA, Peter Bensinger, to corner the market on urine testing. They contracted as advisors to 250 of the largest corporations to develop drug diversion, detection, and urine testing programs.

    Soon after Turner left office, Nancy Reagan recommended that no corporation be permitted to do business with the Federal government without having a urine purity policy in place to show their loyalty.

    Just as G. Gordon Liddy went into high-tech corporate security after his disgrace, Carlton Turner became a rich man in what has now become a huge growth industry: urine-testing.

    ❝As someone who spent 35 years wearing a police uniform, I've come to believe that hundreds of thousands of law-enforcement officers commit felony perjury every year testifying about drug arrests.❞
    - Joseph McNamara,
    former San Jose Chief of Police

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