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Re: “Don't Panic, Bro, It's Science

"Here and in its own courts the State based its case on
an insistence that a driver who declines to submit to
testing after being arrested for driving under the influence
of alcohol {and/or weed} is always subject to a non consensual
blood test without any precondition for a warrant. That is incorrect."
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> http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/12pdf/11-1425_cb8e.pdf

Posted by Matt McLaughlin on 05/26/2017 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Don't Panic, Bro, It's Science

The WSU researchers are planning on using my app in their research. I have developed a new public health app that measures impairment--it is called DRUID (an acronym for DRiving Under the Influence of Drugs) available now in the Apple App Store (Android version coming soon). DRUID measures reaction time, decision making, hand-eye coordination, time estimation and balance, and then statistically integrates hundreds of data points into an overall impairment score. DRUID takes just 5 minutes (and the 2-minute version will be part of the DRUID app in shortly).

Our website is www.druidapp.com

DRUID allows marijuana users (or others who drink alcohol, use prescription drugs, etc.) to self-assess their own level of impairment and (hopefully) decide against driving if they are impaired. Prior to DRUID, there was no way for an individual to accurately assess their own level of impairment. DRUID also demonstrates that it is feasible to measure impairment reliably by the roadside, not just exposure to a drug.

DRUID was recently featured on NPRs All Things Considered: http://www.npr.org/2017/01/25/511595978/can-sobriety-tests-weed-out-drivers-whove-smoked-too-much-weed

Also on television: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2017/02/28/science-lags-behind-marijuana-impairment-testing/

After obtaining my Ph.D. at Harvard, I have been a professor of psychology at UMass/Boston for the past 40 years, specializing in research methods, measurement and statistics.

Michael Milburn, Professor
Department of Psychology
UMass/Boston

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Posted by Michael Milburn on 05/25/2017 at 6:18 AM

Re: “Battle Cry

Jennifer, if you're going to bother to respond to a comment, at least address the person's point. Your Letter to the Editor section isn't superior to this forum. What your doing is not "social engagement" but I know that hasn't been the Journal's strong suit.

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Posted by Allison Edrington on 05/19/2017 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Battle Cry

Thanks for reading and responding. I strongly encourage you to write a letter and share your thoughts via letters@northcoastjournal.com.

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Posted by Jennifer Fumiko Cahill on 05/18/2017 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Battle Cry

Cahill writes from the safe place of uninvolvement. Every single year without fail in Humboldt County, "good growers" have their lives reinvented to debt, poverty and a record of federal crime after being incarcerated for growing and providing marijuana. Folks like Cahill dont appear to truely understand how unjust the treatment of marijuana related activities are, especially nationwide. Yes, proclaiming martyrdom is sanctimonious, but no moreso than evoking the same over issues of humanity that dont involve prison time...which one can read in some way in just about any newspaper, including this issue of the Journal. If its Cahill's opinion that growers cut the righteousness, thats fine. I'm more curious of her opinion about her local government representative's new laws to keep prices high and availability low, guaranteeing more of the same indefinitely.

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Posted by Tell your govt. to change their law. on 05/18/2017 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Puff, Puff, Savings?

There you go, let's get the poor high. That way they won't care about going to the Doctor. That's pretty great! After all, a gram is better than a damn!

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Posted by Taurus Balzhoff on 05/11/2017 at 6:29 AM

Re: “Puff, Puff, Savings?

Cannabis is made by God and cigarettes are made by man but tobacco is made by God so if tobacco is legal so should be cannabis. Alcohol is all man and it kills a Lot every day and it is legal it really tells us that someone was paid off to make cannabis illegal end of discussion.

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Posted by Brian Nichols on 05/11/2017 at 6:08 AM

Re: “Rules, Sessions and Stinky Weed

Readers of your column may be interested that I have developed a new public health app that measures impairment--it is called DRUID (an acronym for DRiving Under the Influence of Drugs) available now in the Apple App Store (Android version coming soon). DRUID measures reaction time, decision making, hand-eye coordination, time estimation and balance, and then statistically integrates hundreds of data points into an overall impairment score. DRUID takes just 5 minutes (and the 2-minute version will be part of the DRUID app in a week or two).

Our website is www.druidapp.com

DRUID allows marijuana users (or others who drink alcohol, use prescription drugs, etc.) to self-assess their own level of impairment and (hopefully) decide against driving if they are impaired. Prior to DRUID, there was no way for an individual to accurately assess their own level of impairment. DRUID also demonstrates that it is feasible to measure impairment reliably by the roadside, not just exposure to a drug.

DRUID got reviewed by the Oregon Cannabis Connection:

PODCAST: http://traffic.libsyn.com/goddab/04072017Goddab.mp3 (my interview starts about 33:15)

DRUID was recently featured on NPRs All Things Considered: http://www.npr.org/2017/01/25/511595978/can-sobriety-tests-weed-out-drivers-whove-smoked-too-much-weed

Also on television: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2017/02/28/science-lags-behind-marijuana-impairment-testing/

After obtaining my Ph.D. at Harvard, I have been a professor of psychology at UMass/Boston for the past 40 years, specializing in research methods, measurement and statistics.

Michael Milburn, Professor
Department of Psychology
UMass/Boston

Posted by Michael Milburn on 05/04/2017 at 2:06 PM

Re: “How to Not Fuck Up Humboldt

THIS is well and good, but I'm more interested in seeing a good-faith demonstration of the values of the counties, cities, towns, growers/cooperatives, etc., all of whom benefit from the cannabis economy, and depend on these migrant workers! It's very easy to impose our rules on those that may be marginalized and impoverished (even homeless), and expect them to meet all the expectations of their local "betters"! BUT, where are the adequate and affordable camp grounds and day-labor muster sites (or hiring halls) with proper sanitation facilities where large numbers of seasonal workers can subsist while waiting for the jobs that we depend upon them to do? Thanks for thinking about them now, before the all-to-predictable seasonal influx begins!

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Posted by Fred Krissman on 05/04/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “How to Not Fuck Up Humboldt

The best of all ways to stop F'ing up Humboldt, would be to move your weed farm to the Valley, where farmland and labor are cheap, water is available, and there are hiways to move your lovely unnecessary products to market. Also, get a trimming machine, or hire farm labor and PAY them by paycheck, deducting taxes, of course. Meanwhile, stop building greenhouses, using poison, burning diesel day and night, and stop driving those pickups to town! Encourage everyone to STOP SMOKING METH and QUIT SHOOTING SMACK! Gee, THAT would un-fuck Humboldt pretty soon!

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Posted by Taurus Balzhoff on 04/30/2017 at 8:14 AM

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