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Marijuana Extracts -What Are They?

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Marijuana Extracts

marijuana extractsMarijuana extracts are a newly popular method of use is smoking or eating different forms of THC-rich resins called. Smoking THC-rich resins extracted from the marijuana plant is on the rise. Users call this practice dabbing. People are using various forms of these extracts, such as:

  • hash oil or honey oil—a gooey liquid
  • wax or budder—a soft solid with a texture like lip balm
  • shatter—a hard, amber-colored solid

These extracts can deliver extremely large amounts of THC to users, and their use has sent some people to the emergency room. Another danger is in preparing these extracts, which usually involves butane (lighter fluid). A number of people who have used butane to make extracts at home have caused fires and explosions and have been seriously burned.

How Do Marijuana Extracts Affect The Brain?

THC acts on specific brain cell receptors that ordinarily react to natural THC-like chemicals in the brain. These natural chemicals play a role in normal brain development and function. Marijuana extracts overactivate parts of the brain that contain the highest number of these receptors. This causes the “high” that users feel. Other effects include:

  • altered senses (for example, seeing brighter colors)
  • altered sense of time
  • changes in mood
  • impaired body movement
  • difficulty with thinking and problem-solving
  • impaired memory

The police are looking for signs of impairment.  Newly trained drug recognition experts (DRE) are on patrol.  They detect and arrest cannabis users who choose to drive after using the drug. Even though you may not be under the influence of the drug, you may have a metabolite of cannabis stored in your fat cells. Ohio will punish you for having been high, not being high! If you find yourself in need of an attorney who has trained in drug recognition expert protocol, contact Charles M. Rowland II at (937) 318-1384 or on his 24/7 number (937) 776-2671.

Marijuana Timeline (An Update)

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Hello, this is Charlie with a medical marijuana update,

I’m reposting this information about Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Plan timeline. So many of you have asked me about it.  Below is the latest information we have so far.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at (937) 318-1DUI.

Marijuana Timeline

  • May 26, 2016
    • House Bill 523 Passage
  • September 6, 2016:
    • Effective Date of Bill
    • Affirmative Defense Begins
  • October 6, 2016
    • Appointment of Advisory Committee
  • November 6, 2016
    • Advisory Committee First Meeting
  • May 4, 2017
    • Dept. of Commerce Establishes Rules and Standards for Cultivation
  • September 6, 2017:
    • Dept. of Commerce Establishes Rules and Standards for Processing and Labs
    • Board of Pharmacy Establishes Rules and Standards for Dispensaries and Registration ID Cards
  • September 6, 2018
    • Program Fully Implemented
Take note of the date that you will be allowed to assert an affirmative defense based on the provisions of the act – September 6, 2016.  We will have more here later. Watch this space.
Full implementation will not take place until September 6, 2018.  We have yet to hear how local courts will treat people but expect strict enforcement  [Spoiler – you can expect a crackdown.]  Why? Because Ohio law enforcement will pick favorable courts to implement laws restricting the ability to drive after consumption. So, that is how most implementation has taken place. We expect the same plan here based on this comparison. Currently, Ohio law says that driving with a metabolite is driving under the influence of drugs (DUID).  Therefore, if this does not change, a person could conceivably consume legal marijuana and have possibly illegal metabolite in their body for weeks. We will stay up-to-date on all the changes and permutations of the plan as it is birthed into law. 
If you have a question about the marijuana laws or the implementation of the current law, please do not hesitate to contact Charles M. Rowland II, DaytonDUI at (937) 318-1384.

Ohio House Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

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For years, I have dedicated myself to ending the mistaken “War on Drugs” and treating addiction like a medical condition and not a crime. Today was a day I thought I would never see. The Ohio House of Representative passed a medical marijuana bill with support from both parties. This will give Ohio families much needed access to a medicine that has proven effective in other states.

“Weed Day” How Did 420 Get It’s Name?

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weed dayApril 20th is Weed Day. I am fascinated by the origin of the term “420” and how it became associated with marijuana.  There are as many stories about its origin as there are people you ask.  Just a short search on Google leads to the following “Weed Day” origin stories.

  • It’s the number of active chemicals in marijuana.
  • It’s teatime in Holland.
  • It has something to do with Hitler’s birthday.
  • It’s those numbers in that Bob Dylan song multiplied.
  • It was like a police code for smoking in progress or something.
  • In 2003, when the California Legislature codified the medical marijuana law that voters had approved, the bill was named SB 420.

Let’s Get Some Answers!

It turns out that I’m not the only one who wanted a “Weed Day” answer. Some heavy hitting investigators were unleashed over at Huffington Post.  Their story focuses on a group of five San Rafael High School friends known as the “Waldos.” These friends were known by their hangout spot. The location was a wall outside the school. They coined the term in 1971. “The Waldos’ story goes like this: One day in the fall of 1971 — harvest time — the Waldos got word of a Coast Guard service member who could no longer tend his plot of marijuana plants near the Point Reyes Peninsula Coast Guard station.

A treasure map in hand, the Waldos decided to pluck some of the free bud. The Waldos, who were all athletes, agreed to meet at the statue of Louis Pasteur outside the school at 4:20 p.m., after practice, to begin the hunt.” (link).

Whatever story you choose to believe, there is no doubt that “420” has become a day celebrating the struggle for legalization of marijuana and continued research into medical uses of marijuana.  We stand ready to help you in Ohio if you are accused of driving while high, driving under the influence of drugs, driving under the influence (DUI), or operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana (OVI).

Miami Valley NORML

Thanks Miami Valley NORML

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On May 16th, I was honored to speak to Miami Valley NORML about how to properly handle a police interaction.  I was also able to pledge the continued support of myself and my office in helping to end the scourge of drug war arrests and make marijuana legal in Ohio. I have devoted most of my professional life to ending the failed War on Drugs.  The speech focused on many ways to know and exercise your rights.

This may be the year that Ohio joins other states in re-legalizing marijuana. Miami Valley NORML is an indispensable partner in making this happen. If you would like to help, contact MVNORML at 937-TOP-HEMP ( 937-867-4367).

If you are arrested on suspicion of drugged driving, contact Miami Valley NORML attorney Charles M. Rowland II today!