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HealthDay News
Mon, 2013-04-22

Highlights: A pill may work as well as a puff when it comes to using marijuana to treat pain, according to a small but carefully controlled new study. Pain relief from pills may last longer, however, and may not leave people feeling as high as they do after they smoke the drug.

Thu, 2013-03-14

Highlights: The United States must not turn a blind eye to the recreational use of cannabis in states that liberalize drug laws, an international monitoring group said, urging the country to live up to its treaty commitments. Letting people smoke cannabis for recreational purposes violates the U.N. Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, to which the United States is a party.

Huffington Post
Thu, 2013-03-07

Highlights: Job applicants are testing positively for drugs at rates not seen since 2007, according to data from Quest Diagnostics. Employers are having some difficulty finding employees who can pass a drug test. Marijuana continues to be the drug of choice.

The Partnership at
Wed, 2013-03-06

Highlights: Eight former heads of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) called on the federal government Tuesday to challenge laws in Colorado and Washington state that legalize the recreational use of marijuana. A United Nations agency said the state laws violate international narcotics conventions.

DFBS note: Maybe we should pay attention to these folks.

Fri, 2013-02-22

Highlights: Emergency department (ED) visits involving use of illicit drugs increased from 2009 to 2011; the rate of visits involving illicit stimulants increased 68 percent, and the rate of visits involving marijuana rose 19 percent. But there were no significant increases in the rates of visits involving narcotic pain relievers from 2009 to 2011.

Littler Mendelson
Tue, 2013-02-12

DFBS note: On February 5, 2013, a task force convened by Colorado’s governor recommended that “employers may maintain, create new, or modify existing policies in response to the passage” of the law. The recommendation is a preliminary signal that even as the state liberalizes its marijuana laws concerning medical and recreational use, employers still may regulate all marijuana use, even off-duty and off-premises use, by their employees.

Tue, 2013-02-12

DFBS note: Federal prosecutors will crack down on recreational marijuana dispensaries and growers even in states where they are legal, said U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske this week. Neither Attorney General Eric Holder, nor other representatives from the DOJ or DEA have spoken publicly about their planned approach, other than saying that enforcement of federal law “remains unchanged.”

MS News Now
Mon, 2013-02-11

DFBS note: Faculty members and student researchers at the University of Mississippi have developed a new THC patch that could potentially provide help to patients who need it. THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. The patch could help patients overcome problems associated with taking the drug in pill form. The patch is placed above the gum line.

DFBS note: As the Institute of Medicine pointed out, no federally-approved medication is smoked, because smoking is not an effective way to take medications.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Wed, 2013-01-30

DFBS note: Not only is the limit for a "per se" charge of driving under the influence in Washington not too low, but it might be too high to capture impaired drivers, according to recently released research conducted by a group in the National Institutes of Health. Another study suggests driving by heavy users is impaired nearly a month after their most recent puff of cannabis.

Mon, 2013-01-28

Highlights: States are loosening restrictions on marijuana but that does not mean truck drivers can kick back and light up a joint. Marijuana is illegal under federal law, and its use is expressly forbidden for transportation workers, including truck and bus drivers.

DFBS note: Does this even need to be said? Yes, so you should probably say it to your drivers.

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