U.S.: Neuroscientist Says THC Level In Sandra Bland's System Was Negligible
By Steve Elliott
The amount of THC in Sandra Bland's system was negligible, and equal to placebo, according to neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart, who has spent nearly 20 years researching the neurophysiological, psychological and behavioral effects of marijuana.
"Of course, the scientific evidence almost never supports these fantastic distractions," Dr. Hart said. "Yet, the 'drug-crazed black person' myth continues to be revitalized decade after decade by racists masquerading as public servants."
"I find this line of reasoning insulting and offensive," Dr. Hart said. "It seeks to misuse the science of behavioral pharmacology to excuse reprehensible acts perpetrated by the state or state proxies."
"As part of my research, I have given thousands of doses of marijuana to people and carefully studied their immediate and delayed responses," Dr. Hart said. "And I have never observed a marijuana-induced violent and self-destructive attack or anything remotely similar to the summer reefer madness put forth by desperate public officials."
"Bland's levels were well below the THC levels that I have found necessary to induce intoxication," Dr. Hart said.
"It was Encinia who behaved irrationally and escalated the situation, not Bland," Dr. Hart said. "There is no indication that she was under the influence of marijuana or that it caused her to behave foolishly.
"The same cannot be said for officer Encinia," Dr. Hart said. It is disappointing that that county officials did not require him to provide a urine sample for drug testing; nor did they require him to undergo assessment for racial discrimination, which is the most likely explanation for his behavior."
"One does not need to be a neuroscientist to see the absurdity of the theories peddled by Waller County officials," Dr. Hart said. "Waller County officials might be mad for marijuana, but there is no evidence indicating reefer madness had its grip on Sandra Bland."
"It’s high time Americans called out racists when they employ the 'drug-crazed black person' myth," Dr. Hart said. "The days of 'sprinkle a little crack or marijuana on the body and call it a wrap' are over."