(Winter 2018) Uruguay gave the nod to marijuana in 2013, and Canada, our neighbor to the north, just began recreational marijuana sales in October. Canadian residents aged 18 or older are now legally permitted to carry approximately one ounce of the substance. They are also entitled to raise as many as four marijuana plants at […]
(Winter 2018) This past June, two conflicting decisions came down from Maine and New Jersey on the issue of workers’ compensation and medical marijuana. In the Garden State, it was determined that a township must cover the cost of an injured worker’s medical marijuana — the first ruling of its kind in the nation. On […]
(Winter 2018) Just over a week before election day, legislators in the Buckeye State announced that close to $56 million was allocated by the federal government to fight Ohio’s opioid crisis. The funding is earmarked for a State Opioid Response Grant and will go toward increasing access to medication-assisted therapies raising awareness among Ohioans regarding […]
(Winter 2018) Employers may also see changes due to the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. There is a high probability that the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs will be revisited by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to decide if the opioid category should be widened to incorporate fentanyl. […]
(Fall 2018) The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) reclassification of opioids like hydrocodone and oxycodone from Schedule III to Schedule II impacted how physicians prescribe these substances. One consequence of the classification change is that more opioids are being sold on the internet at covert sites called the “dark web” or “darknet.” Analysis of dark web […]
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