Media Reports Death and Injuries in Marijuana-Related Incidents

May 5, 2016 | Posted in Marijuana | By

Kush_closeEarlier this week a Wisconsin woman was fatally shot while traveling down the interstate, according to various news sources.

The brother of the alleged shooter told police the shooter was “extremely paranoid” after smoking marijuana prior to the shooting.

The Wisconsin State Journal writes,

According to the complaint, Jeremy Hays told investigators that Zachary [the alleged shooter] smoked marijuana on April 27 and had been “acting extremely paranoid ever since.” Jeremy Hays said Zachary was driving increasingly erratically Sunday, “flipping people off” in traffic and driving with a loaded pistol on his lap that he would pick up and point at cars as they drove by his Blazer on the Interstate. . . . .

Zachary Hays was especially paranoid about vehicles with tinted windows on Sunday, Jeremy Hays told investigators, adding that he was “freaking out” when a BMW with tinted windows approached them from behind, the complaint states.

Zachary Hays slowed down to let the sedan catch up on his left, and then fired three times at it from the rolled-down driver’s side window as the BMW carrying the Czaczkowski family passed the Blazer, the complaint says.

Meanwhile, in Oregon it was reported this week police are investigating a fire they believe resulted from a butane hash oil extraction operation.

We have written before how some marijuana users attempt to extract hash oil–which contains marijuana concentrates–from marijuana at home using flammable chemicals like butane gas. The process is extremely dangerous and has resulted in explosions that have destroyed property, claimed lives, and caused injuries.

The Dalles Chronicle in Oregon writes,

A regional drug task force executed a search warrant April 29 on the property at 79263 Ayres Road and found what is believed to be a butane hash oil (BHO) lab, with evidence of some type of fire or explosion in the building, said Det. Sgt. Scott Williams of the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office.

The BHO lab is one of the first found by law officers in Wasco County “and definitely the largest in my 12 years,” Williams said. . . . .

“Making BHO is a highly dangerous process as the chemicals and gasses used to extract THC from marijuana can be volatile and explode easily,” Williams said in a press release.

Williams said BHO labs have become prevalent in Oregon, mainly in the metro area. “There’s been a lot of [lab explosions] in the Portland area, they’re blowing houses completely apart.” . . . .

BHO production has been around for a long time, but it is getting more prevalent with the legalization of marijuana.

Both of these stories highlight what we have been saying for years: Marijuana may be many things, but “harmless” simply is not one of them.

Evidence at Congressional Panel Indicates Planned Parenthood Profited From Selling Baby Parts

May 5, 2016 | Posted in Abortion | By

daily_commentary_05_03_16Our friends at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview recently released a commentary by John Stonestreet on new evidence that Planned Parenthood clinics profited from the harvest and sale of baby body parts.

Recent hearings at the congressional Select Panel on Infant Lives have exposed this evidence.

Stonestreet writes,

It’s important to know that a 1993 federal statute prohibits the sale of fetal tissue. However, witnesses called during this month’s hearing say abortion providers have ignored that law for decades, encouraging and profiting from a market in human body parts.

Here’s how the process works: Researchers at companies like Stem Express pay procurement technicians to shop around abortion clinics for suitable specimens. They obtain consent from the patients, and inform the clinic staff, who kill the unborn child and harvest its tissue. The technician then packages and transports the body parts to the customer, records invoices, and makes sure the clinic is paid.

. . . .

[O]ne customer paid over $3,000 for a fetal brain. Another opted for a bulk discount, buying thirty-eight tiny brains for $22,000.

You can read Stonestreet’s full commentary here, or listen to it below.

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Man Charged With Drugged Driving in Fatal Car Crash

May 4, 2016 | Posted in Marijuana | By

Last week a Utah man was charged with driving under the influence of marijuana in a car crash that claimed the life of another.

According to news outlets, witnesses saw driver try to hide a bag of marijuana immediately following the crash.

We have written before about the increase in drugged driving incidents elsewhere around the country.

For instance, in December of 2014, Oklahoma authorities reported a man with marijuana both in his system and on his person drove into oncoming traffic, crashing into another vehicle and killing its driver.

That same month the National Institute on Drug Abuse updated its marijuana research paper, saying, “Marijuana is the illicit drug most frequently found in the blood of drivers who have been involved in accidents, including fatal ones,” and citing research that marijuana is increasingly detected in fatal vehicle accidents.

In 2011, the Office of National Drug Control Policy released a report analyzing traffic accidents from 2005 – 2009. The report noted, “Among fatally injured males who tested positive for drugs, 28 percent tested positive for cannabinoids compared with 17 percent of females,” and that, “Cannabinoids were reported in 43 percent of fatally injured drivers under age 24 who tested positive for drugs.”

You can read more about this incident here.