The presence of marijuana in Michael Brown’s system tells us little about why he died (Washington Post)

By CHRISTOPHER INGRAHAM | October 23, 2014

A makeshift memorial sits near the spot where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on October 10, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

A makeshift memorial sits near the spot where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on October 10, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

An autopsy and toxicology report obtained Tuesday by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch find, among many other things, that Michael Brown had THC, an active ingredient in marijuana, in his system at the time of his death. This finding is already being spun by marijuana legalization opponents to score political points about the potential dangers of marijuana use, and may be a factor in grand jury deliberations over whether to charge officer Darren Wilson with murder.

Mark Kleiman, an expert on drug use and drug policy at UCLA…”most chemical tests don’t distinguish active forms of the THC molecule – which indicate that a person is likely experiencing the effects of the drug – from inactive forms, which are a non-psychoactive byproduct of marijuana use, and which can linger in a person’s body for days or weeks.”

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