The Weedly Report April 26th,2013

largest The Weedly Report April 26th,2013We’ll start off this week by discussing the a new Swedish breathalyzer which can detect a range of drugs - from marijuana to morphine. This device could help address some of the problems police officers face when determining DUI cases, as blood and urine tests have proven unreliable and are blamed for unnecessary arrests. Currently there is no easy way for a cop to tell in a on-the-road interaction if a driver is, in fact, under the influence. The breath-test was 87% accurate in case studies, and in the future, could become part of the marijuana DUI formal charging process, being used alongside with drug concentration findings in the urine and blood. In Kitsap Washington, a police dog named Dusty gained a great distinction this week, becoming his county’s first drug dog trained not to sniff-out marijuana. Dusty, a black Lab, practiced his new trade on Tuesday - hunting down meth, cocaine and heroin, but when he came across marijuana, Dusty kept on searching, ignoring the drug all together. As in other states, Washington officials are being careful to respect their state’s new marijuana legalization laws. Bog Calkins - Washington State Patrol spokesman - said his agency won’t be training pot-detecting-pups any longer. “It’s problematic because the dogs could alert on a legal amount of marijuana, and then we’re violating someone’s privacy.” If state laws change, Officer Dhale Roessel claims it won’t take long to enact new marijuana detecting canines - “we can train them on marijuana in a weekend.” A pot-smoking pilot in Alaska got the attention of lawmakers countrywide this week, as he battled his employer, Horizon Air. After failing a random drug test in November 2011, Brian Milam admitted to using marijuana to treat chronic pain. The Seattle-based airline promptly fired Milam, but he challenged this decision, filing a complaint with the Airline Professionals Association and wining his job back on the basis that Horizon had failed to properly review Milam’s case before firing him. Arbitrator Cliff Freed cited that Milam had completed a treatment program and been deemed fit for work by his substance abuse counselor, facts which should have made him able to keep his job. Milam said he never used marijuana while flying or the night before duty. Horizon fought back, stating they were “not willing to place an impaired pilot back in the cockpit” - filing a lawsuit to pursue the case in federal court with the hopes of disqualifying the arbitrator’s ruling. Milam’s case is not unique - Thursday Colorado courts declared there was no system of job protection for marijuana users, including those consuming it for medicinal purposes. Brandon Coats, a former operator for Dish Network, lost his case to regain employment after being fired in 2010 for failing a drug test by the company even though they had no evidence Coats was intoxicated on the job. “This case not only impacts Mr.Coats,” said Michael Evans - Coat’s attorney - there are some “127,816 medical marijuana patient-employees in Colorado who could be summarily terminated even if they are in legal compliance with Colorado state law.”

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