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.
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.