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Louisiana Expands Access to Medical Marijuana

A law was signed on June 11, 2020, by Louisiana’s governor that amends the state’s medical marijuana law to make it easier for patients to obtain medical marijuana. The new law, which takes effect Aug. 1, 2020, provides that any licensed physician in the state may prescribe medical marijuana “for therapeutic use to any patient […]


FMCSA Extends Waiver Period for Certain Pre-Employment Drug Tests from 30 to 90 Days

Employers who wish to take advantage of an extended 90-day waiver period recently announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) must ensure three things: The driver has participated in a controlled substance testing program that meets the requirements of this part within the previous 30 days [now 90 days]; […]


Marijuana Use Tops Stats in First Report from U.S. Drug Clearinghouse

The first monthly report related to the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Drug and Alcohol (FMCSA) Clearinghouse, which went into effect in January, indicates that positive tests for marijuana use far outpaced those for other drugs reported in the first few months. Specifically, there were 10,388 positive tests reported for marijuana, compared to 3,192 […]


Virginia Governor Signs Marijuana Decriminalization Law Containing Employment-Related Provisions

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed legislation in May that decriminalizes simple marijuana possession and prohibits employers from requiring applicants to disclose information related to past criminal charges for such possession. Effective July 1, 2020, HB 972 / SB 2 decriminalizes possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, punishable by a fine of no more […]


Rhode Island High Court Upholds ‘Reasonable Grounds’ Drug Testing, Dismissal of Employee

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has ruled that an employer may terminate an employee for refusing to submit to a drug test based on reasonable suspicion under the state drug testing law in Colpitts v. W.B. Mason Co., Inc., No. 2018-337-Appeal (R.I. May 29, 2020). Supply delivery driver Michael Colpitts did not disclose to his […]


Remote Drug Screening Gains Acceptance During Pandemic

More and more companies have moved to conducting business through remote means throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including drug screenings. The American Society of Addiction Medicine published guidance in late April regarding patient care in response to the pandemic, noting that presenting urine or saliva samples to a healthcare facility may be more harmful than beneficial. […]


Marijuana Use Top Finding in First Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Report

In the first monthly report of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, which includes information on the number of registrations, queries conducted, violations reported and drivers in the return-to-duty (RTD) process, positive tests for marijuana use far outpaced those for other drugs. The database tracks commercial driver’s license holders who […]


Virginia Marijuana Bill to Bar Applicant Questions on Decriminalized Charges

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has approved, but not yet signed, House Bill 972 to decriminalize simple possession of marijuana. Under the bill, an individual found to be in possession of no more than one ounce of marijuana would be subject to a maximum civil penalty of $25, a significant reduction from the current penalty for […]


U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Unveils Revised Marijuana Legalization Bill

A revised marijuana legalization bill was recently introduced by U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. (D), which made a series of changes to previously introduced legislation. Bryan has continued to emphasize that tax revenue from legal cannabis sales would create much-needed funding for the territory’s retirement system for government employees and legalization would […]


Workplace Protections for DC Medical Marijuana Patients Extended Under Emergency Bill

Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., recently passed emergency legislation that extends a policy that protects local government employees against workplace discrimination due to their use of medical marijuana. The current protections are set to expire on June 5 and the resolution states that “no permanent legislation is in place because the work on the permanent legislation […]




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