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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.

Employment and HR
Wed, 2012-12-12

Highlights: tIn a case involving ExxonMobil, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division held that the company applied a "facially discriminatory" drug and alcohol policy against its employee, based on her disability of alcoholism. The decision underscores the imperative that employers must carefully draft and consistently apply workplace alcohol and drug policies.

Risk and Insurance
Wed, 2012-09-12

Highlights: In Arkansas, a worker's admission that he used illegal drugs that made it harder for him to concentrate will make it difficult for him to rebut the presumption that his injury was substantially occasioned by the use of illegal drugs. The Arkansas Court of Appeals held that a worker was not entitled to benefits because his injury was substantially occasioned by the use of illegal drugs.

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Risk and Insurance
Wed, 2012-09-12

Highlights: The Arkansas Court of Appeals held that a worker was not entitled to benefits because his injury was substantially occasioned by the use of illegal drugs. A worker's admission that he used illegal drugs that made it harder for him to concentrate will make it difficult for him to rebut the presumption that his injury was substantially occasioned by the use of illegal drugs.

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