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Study: Medical Marijuana Users More Likely to Use and Misuse Prescription Drugs

Can medical marijuana help to fight the opioid epidemic? Many believe that it can. But a new study finds that people who use medical marijuana actually have higher rates of medical and non-medical prescription drug use—including pain relievers. The study …

Poll: Older Adults Wary of Medical Marijuana

Few older adults use medical marijuana, a new national poll finds, but the majority support its use if a doctor recommends it, and might talk to their own doctor about it if they developed a serious health condition. Four out …

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 …

Pot Advocate Quizzes New Jersey Police on Medical Marijuana Laws

Edward “Lefty” Grimes was in pain. It had been an hour since he’d arrived at the Clifton police station with what should have been a straightforward question: Where could he legally smoke his medical marijuana? One officer on duty knew, …

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 …

Medical Marijuana Treatment Slowly Gains Traction in Workers’ Comp

Though states and the federal government remain at odds on marijuana legalization, the drug is gaining traction as a viable treatment in workers’ comp claims. In a recent discussion with Claims Journal, Brian Allen, vice president of government affairs for …

Pot’s April 20 Holiday Tied to Rise in Fatal Car Crashes

Marijuana users’ self-proclaimed holiday is linked with a slight increase in fatal U.S. car crashes, an analysis of 25 years of data found. The study lacks evidence on whether pot was involved in any of the April 20 crashes, but …

NCCI: Healthcare Costs, Uncertainty Top 2018 Challenges for Workers’ Comp

For the fourth year in a row, carrier executives identified the U.S healthcare environment as their top concern for 2018, according to a just released National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) survey od carrier executives. The annual Carrier Executive Pulse …

North Dakota Medical Marijuana Rules Poised for Approval

North Dakota’s State Health Council is poised to sign off on administrative rules for medical marijuana amid uncertainty over whether the federal government might crack down on state marijuana operations. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week rescinded an Obama …

Feds to End Policy That Let Legal Pot Flourish

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding the Obama-era policy that had paved the way for legalized marijuana to flourish in states across the country, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. Sessions will instead let federal …