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Denver Business Journal
Thu, 2013-04-25

Highlights: Colorado employers are within their legal rights to fire marijuana users, even though it’s legal under state law, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in a case about a former Dish Network Corp. employee terminated for using medical marijuana off-duty.

Mon, 2013-03-25

Highlights: The war on drugs is difficult and expensive, and there are signs that it is faltering. If so-called soft (or recreational) drugs, such as marijuana. are legalized, the consequences will be momentous, precisely because the profits to be made from the marketing and selling of soft drugs will be enormous.

DFBS note: A sobering article by eminent British historian Paul Johnson. It's short; read it.

Land Line Magazine
Fri, 2013-03-22

DFBS note: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shut down a pair of trucking companies this week and ordered one driver out of service over HOS and other violations. FMCSA also ordered Oklahoma City-based Heartland Charters & Tours to cease all operations. Safety investigators discovered that the company did not conduct pre-employment drug screenings of its drivers and failed to use properly qualified drivers, putting the public at risk.

Jackson Lewis
Mon, 2013-03-18

Highlights: Upholding the validity of an employer’s random alcohol testing policy for newer, safety-sensitive employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a federal district court in Pennsylvania has ruled that the employer’s test protocol did not violate the ADA’s general prohibition against unwarranted medical examinations.

DFBS Note: Court strikes down challenge to random testing brought by EEOC.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Las Angeles Times
Tue, 2013-01-22

Highlights: Marijuana will continue to be considered a highly dangerous drug under federal law with no accepted medical uses, after a U.S. appeals court refused to order a change in the government's 40-year-old drug classification schedule.

National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Fri, 2012-12-14

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals opposes the legalization of smoked or raw marijuana, opposes efforts to approve any medicine, including marijuana, outside of the FDA process, and supports continued research into a medically safe, non-smoked delivery of marijuana components for medicinal purposes.

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