An autopsy report done on Sandra Bland suggested that she had elevated levels of THC in her system at the time of her death in a Texas jail cell.

But experts are now saying that the toxicology report does not offer an accurate reading of just how much THC circulating in her blood when she died. First, let’s not act as though the THC circulating in her blood had anything to do with her being killed. Secondly, Bland suffered from epilepsy, and weed is commonly used by people with that medical condition.

From NY Times:

Ms. Bland had 18 micrograms per liter of T.H.C., the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, in her blood, according to a post-mortem report issued Monday. “In a living person, 18 micrograms per liter of T.H.C. is considered elevated, but she is not alive,” said Dr. Nikolas P. Lemos, the chief forensic toxicologist at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in San Francisco.

The concentration of T.H.C. in the blood of a deceased person can be much higher than levels in a living person, Dr. Lemos said. T.H.C. is drawn to fat, and because women usually have more body fat than men, he explained, “If you’re a woman with all that T.H.C. parked in your fatty tissue, after death it leaks out and contaminates the adjacent blood, so it artificially elevates the measured concentrations in blood.”


Studies have shown that T.H.C.redistributes in a dead body, making it nearly impossible to accurately gauge the concentration of T.H.C. in Ms. Bland’s blood at the time of her death. “We will never know the exact number,” said Dr. Lemos, a clinical professor of laboratory medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Goldberger agreed.

Basically just because Bland had marijuana in her system doesn’t mean she ingested any in prison or even before the officer illegally pulled her over. But this goes to show Texas will do anything to protect their own faulty system.

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  • Thank you.

  • John James

    Good info, very informative.

  • Also weed doesn’t make you suicidal, if anything it makes you happy as hell.

  • Charlotte Johnson

    When people stop believing everything someone writes and do a little investigating, they will actually be angry with the government for lying all these years, costing billions in tax payers dollars, all for another GOP fraud. If you really want to know how weed/marijuana affects a person, hang out with people who use it, not based on some survey you never heard of from someone you’ll can’t find within the population. Marijuana is like alcohol, it depends on the mindset of the person ingesting it. Doesn’t matter how much she ingested before her arrest, it wasn’t enough to kill her, nor was it present on her when she went to jail. They keep bringing up this weed issue, but they have still failed to prove how she got it. Like I’ve said all along, until they prove where she got such massive amount of weed in jail, the rest of their story remains suspicious. I’m almost 60 years old, and I have never heard of someone OD from pot. I’ve heard about several cases of alcohol poisoning including in small children. But parents are allowed to have it where kids have access to it 24/7. Texas will never tell the truth, that state is overrun with liars and the Governor is no exception. Another presidential joke.