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