Marijuana U.S.A.

"NORMLs Deputy Director Paul Armentano emphasized that workplace drug testing policies must evolve to reflect the changing state-legal status of cannabis. “Urine screening for off-the-job cannabis consumption has never been an evidence-based policy,” he said. “Rather, this discriminatory practice is a holdover from the zeitgeist of the 1980's war on drugs. But times have changed; attitudes have changed, and in many places, the marijuana laws have changed. It is time for workplace policies to adapt to this new reality and to cease punishing employees for activities they engage in during their off-hours that pose no workplace safety threat.”

Those who consume
alcohol legally and responsibly while away from their jobs do not suffer sanctions from their employers unless their work performance is adversely impacted. Those, who legally consume cannabis, should be held to a similar standard.”
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"The percentage of high school students who acknowledged having ever used cannabis or who say that they are current consumers has fallen significantly since 2011, according to data provided by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to a new CDC report, the percentage of high schoolers who have ever tried marijuana fell 30 percent between 2011 and 2021. The percentage of students who self-identify as current marijuana consumers decreased by a similar percentage during the same time period.

NORMLs Deputy Director Paul Armentano highlighted this decline in a recently syndicated op-ed, stating, “States’ real-world experience with marijuana legalization affirms that these policies can be implemented in a way that provides regulated access for adults while simultaneously limiting youth access and misuse.”
"Republicans (See: Chickenhawks) blocked a procedural vote that would have advanced legislation, S. 326: the VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act, to the floor of the United States Senate.

All but eight GOP members voted against the bill’s advancement, assuring that it would not meet the 60 vote threshold necessary to move forward under Senate rules. The measure had previously passed, unanimously, out of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee with bipartisan support.

The legislation directs the Department of Veterans Affairs to
conduct an 18-month observational study to assess the effects of cannabis in veterans suffering from chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)."
"Officials with the U.S. Department of Transportation have finalized a new rule authorizing commercially licensed drivers the option to undergo oral fluid testing as an alternative to urinalysis.

“This additional methodology for drug testing will give employers a choice that will help combat employee cheating on urine drug tests and provide a less intrusive means of achieving the safety goals of the program,” the agency stated in an announcement in the Federal Register.

Since 2020, over 100,000 truck drivers have tested positive for past exposure to
marijuana. Those who fail their test are required to enter a ‘return to work’ program, which includes passing a drug test, in order to have their license reinstated. However, only about one-quarter of those with drug test failures have done so – resulting in driver shortages and supply chain issues.

“While oral swab tests do not necessarily correlate with impairment from cannabis, they are a better predictor of recent use than are
urine tests, which can pick up inactive THC metabolites days or weeks after use, and which have been required for truck drivers up until now,” California NORML’s Deputy Director Ellen Komp said. “This long-awaited move by DOT should help with the country’s supply-chain issues, while advancing employment rights for legal and responsible cannabis users without jeopardizing roadside safety.”
"Voters in the city of Harker Heights (population: 34,000) decided against an effort, by the city council, to continue to enforce local marijuana possession penalties, according to preliminary election results. Voters decided ‘yes on a referendum rejecting the citys plans on May 6th; however, the election results are not scheduled to be certified until May 16.

Harker Heights was among five cities, in November, where voters passed municipal initiatives limiting the abilities of local law enforcement personnel to either make arrests or issue citations for certain cannabis possession offenses.
Weeks later, city lawmakers decided to repeal the initiated measure – arguing that it placed inappropriate burdens on police officers and that it conflicted with state law."
"New Hampshire’s Senate shot down recreational marijuana legalization again, maintaining its status as the only New England state that hasnt legalized adult use.

Republicans are largely responsible for the 14-10 defeat of House Bill 639, according to Manchester TV station WMUR.

Republican Sen. Bill Gannon told WMUR he voted against the measure because hes concerned about the smell of cannabis smoke." gay[1].gif
"Opponents of cannabis legalization frequently decry what they call ‘a rapid push‘ toward legalization in America. But to those of us who’ve spent decades fighting to end over a century of marijuana prohibition, these changes cannot come soon enough.

The initial push for cannabis criminalization, which began in earnest more than a century ago, had little to do with public health or safety. Instead, the move to criminally prosecute cannabis users was based primarily upon sensationalism and

instance, a July 6, 1927 story published in the New York Times, titled Mexican Family Goes Insane,” claimed: “A widow and her four children have been driven insane by eating the marihuana plant, according to doctors, who say there is no hope of saving the children’s lives and that the mother will be insane for the rest of her life.”