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More Businesses Open Door to Pot Smokers

FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs. Those employers and many others are quietly taking what once …

Research Links Legal Marijuana With Fewer Opioid Prescriptions

Can legalizing marijuana fight the problem of opioid addiction and fatal overdoses? Two new studies in the debate suggest it may. Pot can relieve chronic pain in adults, so advocates for liberalizing marijuana laws have proposed it as a lower-risk …

Employer-Required Drug Tests Decline

Employers are struggling to hire workers in the tightening U.S. job market. Marijuana is now legal in nine states and Washington, D.C., meaning more than one in five American adults can eat, drink, smoke or vape as they please. The …

Some Massachusetts Towns Still Plan to Embrace Pot

They may not be mad about reefer, but a growing number of Massachusetts communities are leaving their borders open to commercial marijuana businesses, bucking a wave of bans and moratoriums that followed voter approval of legal recreational pot. Recent votes …

Indiana Prosecutors Vehemently Oppose Medical Marijuana

Indiana’s county prosecutors remain vehemently opposed to any form of marijuana legalization and insist the plant “is not medicine” amid a push by a conservative state lawmaker to have it recognized as such. The Association of Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys argues …

Delaware Panel Considers Health, Workplace Safety Issues of Legalized Pot

As Delaware lawmakers consider legalizing recreational marijuana they should take a go-slow approach and address a wide range of health and safety concerns, members of a special task force were told Wednesday. “Keep it simple. Keep it restricted,” John Yeomans, …

California Police Use Oral Fluid Device to Test For Drugged Driving

Police in three California counties are testing what amounts to a breathalyzer for drug users – a device that some authorities and lawmakers said Wednesday is desperately needed now that voters have legalized recreational marijuana in the state. When legalization …

How to Handle Insurance Claims Tied to Marijuana

Michael Johnston, the great, great grandson of the founder of one of the first Baptist churches in Texas, grew up being constantly warned about sin, including the evils of television and dancing. Thus it is a bit strange even to …

Workplace Weed Use Leaves Employers Scratching Their Heads

When Jeffrey Zucker needs to get a lot done at work, he eats half a weed gummy. Far from putting him at risk of a Maureen Dowd-level stupor, the 5-milligram dose of THC he gets gives him just a slight …

RIMS: Panel Discusses Legalized Marijuana’s Impact on the Workplace

The growing trend of states working to legalize medical marijuana has created challenges in the workplace. However, there are opportunities to implement best practices to manage the use of medical marijuana in workers’ compensation, according to Kevin Glennon, RN, vice …