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San Antonio emergency responders say they've seen an increase in calls recently from people using a dangerous new synthetic cannabinoid. 

 

San Antonio Fire Department Medical Director David Miramontes says Friday morning, EMS crews responded to four calls in just one hour near Frio and Houston area. The calls came in at 8:02, 8:26, 8:37, and 8:44 a.m., he says. And on Thursday Engine 11 responded to eight calls related to the drug.

For decades the same test has been used to convict drunk drivers.

Police ask a driver to stand on one leg, walk a straight line and recite the alphabet. If the driver fails, the officer will testify in court to help make a case for driving under the influence.

But defense lawyers argue, science has yet to prove that flunking the standard field sobriety test actually means that a person is high, the way it's been proven to measure drunkenness.

So, as attorney Rebecca Jacobstein argued to the Massachusetts high court, the tests shouldn't be allowed in evidence.

With more states legalizing recreational marijuana, parents are facing the question of whether they should smoke pot around their children.

"I have never smoked and would never smoke around my child," says one mother who lives in San Francisco. California is one of eight states that allows recreational marijuana use for adults 21 and older.

Ryan Poppe

A San Antonio lawmaker has filed legislation today to make medical marijuana more accessible in Texas. 

In 2015 State Sen. Jose Menendez co-authored a bill that allows only three businesses in the state to sell a specific medical marijuana oil to patients that have epilepsy that is incurable. The San Antonio Democrat is hoping to expand that bill this session by giving doctors the discretion to prescribe it to their patients for other illnesses.

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