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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.

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.

Business Management Daily
Sat, 2013-03-02

Highlights: In a recent decision, the Minnesota Court of Appeals said that employees had two years to file a wrongful termination claim under the state’s Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act (DATWA). The court also ruled that wrongful termination is an intentional tort under state law, meaning em­­ployees could possibly seek punitive damages. Because DATWA is one of the nation’s most restrictive workplace drug testing laws, employers based in other states need specific drug testing procedures in place for their Minnesota employees.

University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
Fri, 2013-03-01

Highlights: Excessive alcohol consumption in Wisconsin is a public health problem that affects every man, woman and child living in the state. The estimated cost of excessive alcohol consumption in Wisconsin was $6.8 billion in 2012. The cost is borne by everyone in the state, not just the drinkers themselves. Revenue generated by current alcohol taxes covers less than 1% of the total economic cost.

DFBS note: Of particular interest to employers in Wisconsin. But also an excellent illustration of the costs of alcohol misuse, and who bears them.

The Gazette
Thu, 2013-02-28

Highlights: Just two years after the Iowa Legislature based a bill making synthetic marijuana illegal, officials in the governor’s office of drug control policy are looking for a quicker way to keep new, chemically legal synthetics off the shelves. Even with a dramatic drop-off in the number of incidents related to synthetic drugs following legislation passed in 2011, the public health threat is still pervasive and cases have increased as manufacturers find ways around the law.

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.”

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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