Study: Medical Cannabis Access Associated with Fewer Workers’ Comp Claims

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The enactment of state-specific medical cannabis access laws is associated with a decline in workers’ compensation claims, according to data published in the journal Health Economics. Authors reported that legal cannabis access was associated with a nearly seven percent decline in workers’ compensation claims. 2020 Medical Marijuana drug testing safety workers compensation workplace

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Canada: Can A Cannabis User Qualify For Rapid Safety Sensitive Worksite Access?

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Employers who operate safety sensitive worksites will find the recent decision of the Alberta Human Rights Tribunal in Everitt v Homewood Health Inc., 2019 AHRC 36 of interest. administered a rapid site access program (“RSAP”) which is a voluntary program that provides pre-qualification to workers for access to safety sensitive worksites. October 18 2019. Article by Deborah Cushing. Lawson Lundell LLP.

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Delaware cannabis advocates rally for increased medical access with home grow!

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The bill will have a hearing in the House Public Safety & Homeland Security Committee where committee members accept public comment before voting to release the bill to the full House for consideration. Allowing patients to grow their own cannabis at home could dramatically increase access. For some patients, proximity to a dispensary can often be a challenge as they must drive long distances to access medical cannabis.

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Virginia: Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect July 1

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This bill will not eliminate the racial disparities surrounding marijuana, but it will prevent low-level offenders from receiving jail time for simple possession while we move toward legalization in coming years with a framework that addresses both public safety and equity in an emerging market.” 2020 Virginia General Assembly. Richmond, VA: Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has signed legislation ( Senate Bill 2 | House Bill 972 ) decriminalizing marijuana possession.

Evidence-Based Research Suggests Allowing Cannabis Storefront Retail Benefits Neighboring Property Values, Public Health and Safety

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Unsurprisingly, most cannabis stores in California are concentrated around the San Francisco Bay Area and the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, leaving most places in the rest of the state without access to storefront medicinal or adult-use cannabis (delivery to such areas is also a challenge, and is the subject of ongoing litigation ). In 2016, California voters approved Prop 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, by nearly 2 million votes.

ElleVet Sciences Publishes Safety Study On CBD For Animals

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ElleVet Sciences is pleased to announce the results and publication of the first safety study on the use of hemp CBD/CBDA. The 12-week safety study, conducted by Dr. Joseph Wakshlag, DVM, Ph.D., Safety is imperative for any reputable brand of hemp extract, and we are confident that the dosing we recommend is both safe and effective,” said Dr. Wakshlag, Chief Medical Officer at ElleVet Sciences.

New- ANH-Intl Special Report: Is safety the new gremlin for CBD regulation?

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We take a look at where CBD regulation might be going and whether we should be concerned about safety writes Rob Verkerk PhD, scientific and executive director, ANH-Intl. We take a look at where CBD regulation might be going and whether we should be concerned about safety. A new ‘problem’: safety. ? A new ‘problem’: safety. What’s striking here is the amount of information given about safety concerns.

European Food Safety Authority Reports Says Eating Hemp Foods May Elevate Ingested THC Levels

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has looked at THC levels in 12 different categories of hemp foods, including hemp oil, breads and teas. The January report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) looked at THC levels in 12 different categories of hemp foods, including hemp oil, breads and teas. Open Access. European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) . .

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What You Need to Know About Cannabis and Coronavirus

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NORML’s Responsible Consumer Safety Tips. Read and download NORML’s consumer safety tips. States Taking Action to Ensure Uninterrupted Retail Access to Medical Cannabis During COVID-19 Outbreak. 2020 ACTIVISM COVID-19 Medical Marijuana Policy consumer safety corona coronavirus covid medical cannabis medical marijuana social distancingHere at NORML, we take our work seriously.

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The Battle for California Cannabis Access is a Roadmap for States Considering Legalization

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Right now, there is an ongoing battle between the state and local governments for access to cannabis, which should be the first place that states (and possibly even Congress) look when considering legalization. For background, the operative state cannabis law in California—the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Recreation and Safety Act (“MAUCRSA”)— allows cities and counties to “adopt and enforce local ordinances to.

Survey Says US Bankers Want Access To Cannabis Industry – 89% In The West Want Change

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Without access to banks, many cannabis companies, including growers and retailers, face a significant burden operating as cash-only businesses. The distance is “no more than 20 yards, but the fact that he was holding $350,000 (makes it) … a public safety issue.”. Even in the South, where marijuana legalization has made little headway, 76 percent of bank executives favor giving access to cannabis companies.

Americans For Safe Access 2019 Annual Report: “State of The States Report”

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Each year, Americans for Safe Access (ASA) analyzes, summarizes, and critiques legislation and regulations as they become law and develops this report to assess how these programs are serving the needs of patients. Now, six years later, we are analyzing 47 states in over 50 categories surrounding Patient Rights and Civil Protection from Discrimination, Access to Medicine, Ease of Navigation, Functionality of the Program, and Consumer Safety and Provider Requirements.

Special Report: Current Issues in Marijuana Regulation – Veterans Struggle to Gain Access to Medical Marijuana

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Veterans Struggle to Gain Access to Medical Marijuana. Despite this expansion military veterans often face greater obstacles to gaining access to medical marijuana than other groups. When veterans seek medical care from the federal Veterans Administration health system, they not only lack access to medical marijuana but may fear jeopardizing all federal benefits if they admit to personal use. [1] Several veteran’s groups advocate for greater access to medical marijuana.

Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana CEO Asks Why Patients Are Being Taxed

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Founded in 2014, Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM) (Canadiens pour l’accès équitable à la marijuana médicale (CAEMM)) is a federal non-partisan, non-profit, patient-run organisation dedicated to protecting and improving the rights of medical cannabis patients. CFAMM’s goal is to support medical cannabis patients, improve their outcomes and enable them to obtain fair and safe access to their medication. Canadian’s for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana .

Article : Maine – Opportunities for Marijuana Establishments to Access Financial Services: Recent Advancements at the State and Federal Level

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Opportunities for Marijuana Establishments to Access Financial Services: Recent Advancements at the State and Federal Level. The result is that these businesses are cash-only businesses whose only access to capital is through private-equity. On Tuesday, March 26th a bill introduced by Representative Berry of Bowdoinham (LD 1402) was released in the Maine State Legislature in an effort to expand state legal marijuana businesses’ access to financial services.

Municipalities Moving Away from Marijuana Testing for Employees

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In the city of Rochester, council members approved municipal legislation on Tuesday barring pre-employment marijuana testing for non-safety sensitive city employees. Also this week, city council members in Richmond, Virginia passed a resolution excluding non-safety sensitive employees and job applicants from marijuana testing. Municipal officials in various cities nationwide are moving away from policies requiring marijuana testing for public employees.

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House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee To Hear Three Cannabis Bills

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On April 30, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing for multiple pieces of legislation, including the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act, the Veterans Equal Access Act and the Veterans Cannabis Use for Safe Healing Act. The legislation “would direct VA to conduct clinical research with varying forms of medicinal cannabis to evaluate the safety and effects of cannabis on health outcomes of veterans with PTSD and veterans with chronic pain.”

Nevada: New Law Bars Employers from Discriminating Against Cannabis Consumers

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” The law is not applicable to prospective employees seeking certain safety sensitive positions, such as those seeking employment as firefighters, emergency medical technicians, or federally licensed drivers. Earlier this year, New York City lawmakers enacted municipal legislation barring non-safety sensitive employers from administering marijuana drug tests to prospective employees. Democratic Gov.

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New Legislation Introduced To Protect State-Legal Marijuana Programs

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The enactment of these policies have not negatively impacted workplace safety , crime rates , traffic safety , or youth use patterns. Further, numerous studies have identified an association between cannabis access and lower rates of opioid use, abuse , hospitalizations , and mortality. Representative Lou Correa (D-CA) has introduced HR 493 : The Sensible Enforcement Of Cannabis Act, which would codify the protections that were outlined in the now-rescinded Cole Memo.

Article- Matt Maurer: Canada Takes First Step in Legalizing Cannabis Health Products by Matt Maurer On June 19, 2019, the Canadian government took its first step towards legalizing Cannabis Health Products (“CHPs”). While Canadians have been able to access medical cannabis for nearly 19 years, and have been able to legally purchase adult-use recreational cannabis since October 17, 2018, the sale of over-the-counter health products that include cannabis remains illegal, as all medical cannabis products currently need to be purchased with the oversight of a medical practitioner. Consultation Launched Health Canada is looking to change that and started the process this week by launching a consultation to “seek feedback from Canadians, as well as the cannabis and health products industries, regarding the kinds of products they would be interested in purchasing, manufacturing, or selling, should a legal pathway to market for CHPs be established.” The government noted that Canadians are interested in potential ther

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While Canadians have been able to access medical cannabis for nearly 19 years, and have been able to legally purchase adult-use recreational cannabis since October 17, 2018, the sale of over-the-counter health products that include cannabis remains illegal, as all medical cannabis products currently need to be purchased with the oversight of a medical practitioner. Canada Takes First Step in Legalizing Cannabis Health Products. by Matt Maurer.

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Clinical Trial: Cannabinoid Administration Via a Metered-Dose Inhaler Is Safe and Effective for Chronic Pain Patients

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A team of Israeli researchers conducted a randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of a novel, metered-dose cannabis inhaler in 27 patients with chronic pain. Chronic pain is the most commonly reported qualifying condition among medical cannabis patients enrolled in state-specific access programs.

Florida Medical Marijuana: Labor Day Sales [2020]

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We strongly believe that all patients should have affordable access to the medication they need – which is why we’re excited to share the holiday discounts and sales below! CannaMD would like to wish everyone a safe and fun-filled Labor Day weekend!

NORML Issues Cannabis Policy Guidance For Lawmakers and Prosecutors For Protecting Public Health During COVID-19 Crisis

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“In this era of tremendous uncertainty, it is crucial that policymakers use every tool in their toolkit to promote public health and safety. “In those majority of states that regulate aspects of the cannabis market, it is crucial that patients, consumers, and employees are able to continue to engage in this marketplace in a manner that comports with current health and safety as safely recommendations, such as physical distancing.

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Attorneys General Push for Marijuana Banking Reform

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In their letter , AGs opine: “The current predicament of a rapidly expanding national marketplace without access to the national banking systems has resulted in an untenable situation. “First, threats to public safety caused by a cash-intensive business model, often the target of criminal activity, have intensified in the months since the pandemic began.

Chairwoman Velázquez Introduced Bill To End Marijuana Prohibition And Promote Small Businesses

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The enactment of these policies have not negatively impacted workplace safety , crime rates , traffic safety , or youth use patterns. Further, numerous studies have identified an association between cannabis access and lower rates of opioid use, abuse , hospitalizations , and mortality. House Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez along with Representatives Jared Golden and Dwight Evans introduced a package of legislation, ( H.R. 3540 , H.R. 3543 , and H.R.

Putting Out the Fire Fueling the Fire Extinguisher Scam

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The industry is saturated with regulations and restrictions, many of which lead to significant security risks such as having large sums of cash on site of dispensaries due to the lack of banking access within the industry.

Don’t let the Grinch stop marijuana reform

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Last Wednesday, he essentially demanded that in exchange for allowing the cannabis industry to access to basic banking services, that the federal government should impose a 2% THC cap on marijuana products and prohibit the retail sale of marijuana-infused edibles or e-liquid vapor extracts. Similarly, it needlessly jeopardizes the safety of retail staffers, who are susceptible to robbery.

Marijuana Banking Passes Critical Committee

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Currently, thousands of state-licensed and regulated businesses lack access to the banking industry and are unable to accept credit cards, deposit revenues, or write checks to meet payroll or pay taxes because federal law discourages financial institutions from engaging in such partnerships. It also places the safety and welfare of these business’ customers at risk, as they must carry significant amounts of cash on their persons in order to make legal purchases at retail facilities.

Delaware Approves Medical Cannabis Delivery Option

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Medical cannabis is essential and while we commend our state officials for declaring that centers will remain open during the state of emergency, we need to ensure our patients have uninterrupted access to their life saving medicine, especially during these uncertain times. By definition, medical patients are the most at risk and we should be doing everything we can to ensure their safety.

Illinois Gov. Pritzker Signs Bill to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana

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“Today, Illinois residents and political leaders demonstrated the power of democracy in action, using the political process to achieve sensible policies that protect individual freedoms and that ensure community safety,” said NORML Political Director Justin Strekal. New applicants will be able to access low-interest loans in order to defray start-up costs. Illinois Gov.

Bipartisan Legislation To End Marijuana Prohibition Filed

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Shanita Penny, President of the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) said , “The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019 removes a roadblock impeding criminal justice reform, patient and consumer access, research and innovation. The enactment of these policies have not negatively impacted workplace safety , crime rates , traffic safety , or youth use patterns.

The SAFE Banking Act Reintroduced

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Currently, hundreds of licensed and regulated businesses do not have access to the banking industry and are unable to accept credit cards, deposit revenues, or write checks to meet payroll or pay taxes. No industry can operate safely, transparently, or effectively without access to banks or other financial institutions. If Congress fails to act, we are discouraging responsible, regulated markets and allowing a serious public safety threat to go unaddressed.”

In new book, WSU Vancouver professor sees benefits of legalized marijuana

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In the months after Washington voters approved legalized marijuana in 2012, Clayton Mosher, a sociology professor at Washington State University Vancouver, noticed what he believed to be unnecessary safety concerns. One of the chief concerns following the 2012 vote was that easier access to the drug would lead to more motor vehicle crashes. In 2016, 110 Washington drivers died while under the influence of the drug, according to a 2018 report from the state Traffic Safety Commission.

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Portland Funded its Police Department With Cannabis Tax Revenue

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A 2019 report from the Portland City Auditor, 79 percent of marijuana tax revenue has gone to public safety, including about 46 percent directly to the Portland Police Bureau.

Pain Management: Why Cannabis Provides a Safer Alternative to NSAIDs

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The effectiveness of non-aspirin NSAIDs and their easy availability, affordability and perceived safety meant that people were not looking for alternatives. A paper issued by the National Bureau of Economic Research concluded “that providing broader access to medical marijuana may have the potential benefit of reducing abuse of highly addictive painkillers.” Guest Post by Lanny Swerdlow, RN, LNC.

Marijuana Banking Bill Scheduled For Committee Markup

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Thousands of state-licensed and regulated businesses lack access to the banking industry and are unable to accept credit cards, deposit revenues, or write checks to meet payroll or pay taxes because federal law discourages financial institutions from engaging in such partnerships. It also places the safety and welfare of these business’ customers at risk, as they must carry significant amounts of cash on their persons in order to make legal purchases at retail facilities.

Weekly Legislative Roundup 1/18/20

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House Bill 1359 would create a 5 year medical marijuana pilot program, allowing patients to access their medicine from licensed dispensaries. Send a message to your lawmakers in support of medical marijuana access. Update : HB 1648 is scheduled for a public hearing in the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on 1/23/20 at 1:30pm. Update : HB 1614 is scheduled for a public hearing in the House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on 1/23/20 at 11am.