It seems that teens are always looking for new ways to abuse alcohol. One of the latest involves using a bicycle pump to “smoke” it rather than drinking it. It’s a practice that has a lot of doctors concerned due to the potential for some severe health consequences.
The practice is popular for a number of reasons, one of which involves weight loss. Teens who are worried about the empty calories alcohol contains prefer this practice, as it allows them to enjoy the effects of liquor, while keeping their caloric intake relatively low. Those who are not concerned with weight loss may smoke alcohol to prevent the smell on their breath, or because it is new and exciting.
Doctors claim that people who smoke alcohol are more likely to develop alcohol poisoning, since they are not inclined to vomit. It’s also difficult for people to determine exactly how much alcohol they are consuming, since the amount left after it has vaporized remains in the bottle. They also caution that the vapor is harmful for the lungs and nasal passages, since alcohol in the lungs could turn back to liquid form, which is something that is associated with drowning.
In all, half the states in the union currently participate in the Voter Registration Crosscheck Program, which is designed to find multi-state voters. The program is a relatively new one, having begun in 2005 with Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska coming together to share records. Those four states initially shared approximately 9 million records, but the coalition now will collectively share more than 90 million records.
Thus far, the program has been extremely successful at catching multi-state voters. In 2012, more than 35,750 voters in North Carolina alone had exact matches for first name, last name, and date of birth with voters in another participating state. Even so, officials caution that not all of them indicate fraud. It’s possible for people to have the same first name, last name and date of birth, particularly if they have very common names. Clerical error could also result in the wrong person’s name being marked on voting records.
To determine fraud, officials will assess the likelihood of errors and will also look at whether people voted in person or via absentee ballot. When all the facts are considered, this could be a very effective tool at preventing duplicate voting, which is prohibited under Sections 293.780 and 293.810 of the Nevada Revised Statute.
The suspect at large faces charges of evading a police officer, a violation of Section 484B.550 of the Nevada Revised Statute, in addition to other possible charges. This crime is a Class B felony punishable by one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000. Anyone with information about the suspect is urged to contact the North Las Vegas Police Department at 702-633-9111 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555. Callers may remain anonymous.
The reason for the proposed change is the fact that THC, a primary chemical component of marijuana, does not operate in the same way as alcohol. People also process THC in different ways, and may develop a tolerance to it over time. THC remains in the body much longer, making it possible for false positive results to be obtained from blood or urine tests.
Supporters of the legislation claim it prevents people who are medical cannabis users from being unfairly targeted. This is because medical cannabis users could have high levels of THC in their systems, yet be fully functional. Even so, the bill is expected to face significant opposition from prosecutors and those in the law enforcement community when it is finally heard during the regular 2015 session.
Dave Stilwell, a Las Vegas truck driver began openly carrying a few years back, at which time he estimated that “90 out of 100 people didn’t think it was legal.” Since that time, he’s openly visited casinos, nightclubs and other area businesses with his .45 caliber pistol plainly attached to his hip. This has sparked quite a few conversations, resulting in Stilwell being able to educate a good number of people on Nevada’s open carry law.
Ordinary citizens aren’t the only ones being educated. Las Vegas police officers are now required to take training on how to handle citizens who openly carry. This requirement is in response to an incident that happened in 2010 in which police unlawfully detained an individual, simply because he was exercising his Second Amendment rights.
More people than ever are concerned about self protection, which had led to a spike in gun sales over the past few years. Others are becoming fearful of a tyrannical government, and want to ensure they are able to defend themselves from bureaucratic overreach, which is something our Founding Fathers considered carefully when drafting the Constitution. As such, we are likely to see even more people exercising their Second Amendment rights in the near future.