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Sandra Bland had ‘high amount of marijuana’ in her system

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Sandra Bland, a political activist who is the subject of national attention after being arrested during a traffic stop in Texas and found dead in her jail cell three days later, is now said to have had a “high amount of marijuana in her system” Reuters reports.

No additional information was available to describe whether she had any active metabolites in her system, which would help determine whether or not she was under the influence at the time of her traffic stop. Metabolites from marijuana can remain in the body for as long as 45 days in heavy consumers, meaning that a person can test positive for marijuana while not under the influence of it. It was not clear what type of test the coroners used to detect the metabolites, nor was any explanation given for what a high amount means.

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Officials are seeking additional tests to confirm when and how much she might have smoked or swallowed, Waller County Assistant District Attorney Warren Diepraam said.

These revelations come as information was released on Thursday about Bland’s autopsy results, which supports the medical examiner’s initial ruling of suicide according to a county prosecutor.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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  1. lovelydestruction
    July 24, 2015 at 6:11 am

    I had a thought. So, some people use cannabis for psychiatric purposes: depression, PTSD, not surprisingly, as it quells aggression directed both inwardly and outwardly. I’m not sure of its effect on suicidal impulse, but my guess would be that it too is dampened.
    There is a lot claimed and disputed about the nonaddictive properties of pot, but its impossible to dispute that sleep is disturbed by abrupt cessation. And, at least a mild dysphoria, whether a true symptom or just being bummed about abrupt cessation, would accompany “withdrawal”.
    If she was to report to the school and missed an appointment, or realized that the arrest was going to get back to the school, plus any probation with attendant restrictions on cannabis use with required drug testing…she easily could have plunged into dispair.
    Insomnia plus depression plus shame plus grief plus whatever else.
    Its the ‘whatever else’ that makes me suspicious. Negligence, at the very least…but I wonder. Do you suppose, after reading the history of that town; which still has separate graveyards for blacks and whites to this day, and that sheriff, who was fired from his last job for racism, do you suppose that the police and attendant staff were objective and kind to her?
    In my nightmares I hear taunting, I hear ‘ why don’t you…?’ ‘ you ought to…’ ‘Too bad you…’
    Maybe she saw it as a sacrifice, maybe she just couldn’t take it anymore. We’ll never really know
    But they knew she had a history and they failed to act by ignoring guidelines put in place to protect people like Sandra Bland.

    • lovelydestruction
      July 24, 2015 at 6:52 am

      Oh, I missed the part where the coroner said that evidence indicated she had consumed a large amount “at the jail”. Dang. They didn’t search her?
      Unless it was already in edible form, would it be psychoactive?
      So, they don’t have the metabolites worked out yet. Hmmm.

  2. .......
    July 24, 2015 at 8:03 am

    22 veterans a day, yet no real consideration of Marijuana for PTSD and such…

  3. rickyb
    July 26, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Maybe one out of a million cannabis users might get a suicidal thought. and maybe one out of two million might actually do it. There’s most likely some other underlying cause totally unrelated to the herb. The vast majority of cannabis users get a great feeling of well being, and more people would feel the same if the so-called justice system would straighten up and fly right, or just call it a day. The Texas public wants it and will eventually get it, as HALF THE USA is already doing as we speak. Cannabis has been found to be safe for medicinal and recreational use. It’s non-toxic, non addictive, relaxing when you want it to be, invigorating when you need it to be, and it does not produce any sleep disorders, contrary to the above post. Cannabis is very subtle, but an alcohol buzz, like other dangerous drugs, can easily dissipate the gentle effects of cannabis.