Taco Bell and Lyft Partnership Shows the Future of Munchies is Bright

Hungry stoners, unite: Taco Bell and Lyft have partnered to make sure you have your fill of cheap tacos on the way home from your next sesh.

In select locations around Newport Beach, California (and, we expect, nationally next year), Lyft users are seeing a new option called “Taco Mode” between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., which adds a stop at Taco Bell to their Lyft ride.

It’s the answer to a question many of us are scared to ask: how appropriate is it to ask my cab/Uber/Lyft/whatever ride app you use driver to stop at a drive-through on the way home? Cabs are one thing—the time is just added to the total—but ride-sharing services are typically designed to deliver people as fast as possible, meaning stops throw off the system. Designing the stop into the overall ride, though, is a good way to get around that.

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Research: Major Step Toward a Real Cannabis Breathalyzer

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have made a major breakthrough in the struggle for making a roadside-capable cannabis breathalyzer.

By measuring the vapor of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), marijuana’s active component that get you high, a device that measures blood-THC levels may soon become a reality.

In the first years of legalization in states like Colorado and Washington, cannabis smokers were fearful at the thought of a marijuana breathalyzer.

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How 2 Grad Students Rewrote Nevada’s DUI Laws on Pot

In these dark days of science denial, or as some call it, willful ignorance, it’s encouraging when the work of a couple of grad students is taken so seriously that it changes one of the many erroneous laws on marijuana.

Two students at Touro University Nevada came to an important conclusion after their professor instructed the medical jurisprudence class to design a project involving medical law and public health and to participate in a poster competition.

“We were actually drawing a blank on what our project could be… when we read something in the paper about voters going to the polls on recreational marijuana,” said Charles Cullison who worked with Graham Lambert on the class project.

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Does Legalized Marijuana Result in Increased Auto Accidents?

After more than a solid decade of continuous decline in auto accidents, the number is gradually going back up in several states.

There have been new studies that have associated marijuana usage with these accidents. With medical marijuana recently legal for various purposes in 28 U.S. states ,as well as the District of Columbia, it seems easy to draw this conclusion. There is a lot of data suggesting the correlation between marijuana use and car collisions.

But could there be other factors at play?

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What Happens If I’m Charged with a Marijuana DUI?

While there are some major differences in the way police handle cannabis-impaired driving and drunk driving, most court systems hand down similar consequences for both offenses. If the court convicts you for driving while under the influence of marijuana, you can expect the ramifications to include a license suspension, a drug and alcohol awareness class, fines, probation and even jail time.

However, the way the prosecution will build their case against you is very different with stoned driving. They cannot simply conduct a breath test after pulling you over to determine if you used cannabis recently.

For example, in Washington State, police have two options for proving a driver is under the influence of marijuana. These options are:

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Everything You Need to Know About Marijuana Blood Tests

Over the past few years, quite a few states have legalized marijuana for medical and recreational use. With this legalization, police officers needed a way to test drivers who appeared to be too stoned to drive.

This, in turn, has made the marijuana blood test the go-to way to check for impairment during a traffic stop.

Roadside tests and demonstrated impairment still play a role and assessment by a Drug Recognition Expert is now common. But most police departments attempt to verify these results with a blood test. If the allegedly impaired driver has more than the state’s per se limit (often 1 to 5 ng/mL of THC), a DUI conviction usually becomes much more likely.

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Tiger Woods Episode Reveals Drugged Driving Is a Bigger Problem than Stoned Driving

First: Tiger Woods did the right thing.

Last week, the greatest golfer of our time, now 41 years old, many years and four back surgeries removed from owning a sport and A-list celebrity status, started to feel sleepy while driving around near his Florida home—the hangover from a pharmaceutical cocktail, including Vicodin, prescribed after his most recent surgery in April.

He had just enough presence of mind to pull over to the side of the road before he passed out. If he’d only remembered to turn the car off before falling asleep while still in the driver’s seat—where police found him before sunrise on Memorial Day morning, engine running, brake light and turn signals on—Tiger Woods may have escaped the ignominy of failing roadside sobriety tests (he had a blood-alcohol count of 0.00 but copped to being overwhelmed by the pills), being slapped with a DUI charge and having his bleary-eyed mugshot printed on every sports page in the country.

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Investment Company Predicts Success of Effective Marijuana Breathalyzer

Although many companies have tried and failed throughout the years to create a legitimate roadside detection method for gauging marijuana impairment, a recent multi-million dollar investment in Breathalyzer technology could be an indication that an effective test is on the horizon.

According to a report from Business Insider, Silicon Valley’s Benchmark Capital, the venture capital firm that took early chances on Uber, Snap and Dropbox, has thrown more than $8 million at Oakland-based startup Hound Labs to get its new marijuana Breathalyzer off the ground.

Hound Labs made headlines back in 2014 when the company revealed that it had successfully produced the first-ever marijuana Breathalyzer that police would be able to use to “determine if an individual is impaired from recent marijuana use.”

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Radical Rant: Curing Vermont Governor’s Fear of Stoned Drivers

An open letter to Vermont Gov. Phil Scott:

Dear Gov. Scott,

On your desk is a bill passed by Vermont’s legislature, which has become the first in the nation to pass marijuana legalization without a citizen’s initiative. This would make Vermont the ninth state in the nation to end adult cannabis prohibition. You’ve stated that you’re not ideologically opposed to marijuana legalization.

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