Beginning January, 2017 Denver will follow in Amsterdam’s footsteps making it “the first city in the United States to legalize marijuana in clubs, bars and restaurants,” according to a writer from Reuters. Kayvan Khalatbari, “the lead proponent of the so-called I-300 measure says there is a victory cry for all those who “simply want the option to enjoy cannabis in social settings.” Oh baby, your wish is about to come true, that is in Denver-only!
Imagine lounging in recliners, stretching out on sofas, or flopping down on over-sized pillows strewn over the floor with your favorite ‘flava’ at your fingertips. There will probably be a waitress floating through the crowd selling the best buds, flavored marijuana beer, pre-rolled joints and who knows what else this new market will bring to the public. Well, here’s a new one: www.coloradohighlifetours.com. This business is apparently a real entity providing sources for cannabis cooking classes, tours, and full vacation packages. What a concept!
Of course, there are the naysayers about this type of legalization, such as Rachel O’Bryan, campaign manager for a group called Protect Denver’s Atmosphere. Their concern is “about public safety as well as issues of second-hand smoke indoors.” The group hopes to “examine the law to see if it runs afoul of provisions in state law barring public pot use.”
Giving in to all that fluff, please don’t get too comfortable in your thinking that California might go the way of Denver soon. California already sees the writing on the wall, particularly, driving while intoxicated, or under the influence of marijuana, blah, blah, blah. Yep, you guessed it, a ‘potalyzer’ for roadside testing is in the works by a team of Stanford University engineers led by Shan Wang, according to Carrie Kirby for the Stanford News.
The devise, which is currently part of magnetic nanotechnology used in cancer screening, will bypass the common screening for THC, which is normally found in blood and urine, by using a person’s saliva The ‘potalyzer,’ according to Wang, will allow officers to “collect a spit sample with a cotton swab and read the results on a smartphone or laptop in as little as three minutes.”
There is more to Mr. Wang’s Group devise. This is the “first demonstration that GMR biosensors are capable of detecting small molecules, meaning that the platform could also test for morphine, heroin, cocaine or other drugs.” According to Ms. Kirby’s article, “there’s still no consensus on how much THC in a driver’s system is too much, previous studies suggested a cutoff between 2 and 25 ng/mL, well within the capability of Wang’s device,” which is 0 to 50 nano-grams.
Before this blog closes, the word nano-gram keeps reverberating. Hmmm, maybe Rachel O’Bryan’s group has it right. Here’s the quiz question, “How many nano-grams of THC can a person absorb through second-hand smoke? What’s your answer, Mr. Wang?
By Sharla Esparza