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Police ramp up enforcement as cannabis becomes legal

Ottawa police Const. Amy Gagnon said there will be an increased police presence on the roads in the weeks after cannabis legalization. [...]

Legal pot could bring $262M in new tax revenue 19 mins ago

Recreational marijuana could bring hundreds of millions of dollars in new tax revenue to the state by 2023, according to a new report from the Senate Fiscal Agency. The agency, which is nonpartisan, has "provided sound and unbiased assistance to the Senate and the residents of Michigan," according to the website. [...]

Charges upgraded in Metairie drag-racing fatality after positive drug test: State Police

An undated mugshot of Jourdan Marchese, 18. Marchese, who is still hospitalized from a car crash, was booked with vehicular homicide, first-degree vehicular injuring, reckless operation of a vehicle and drag racing. after we received the toxicology tests performed by the Louisiana State Police crime indicated there were drugs in his system," said Trooper Melissa Matey, spokeswoman for the department. [...]

OPP says it will acquire new roadside drug testing devices

The Ontario Provincial Police says it will be acquiring roadside drug screening devices in short order, but it cannot say when exactly, or where the device will be deployed or how many in all it will buy. The Ontario Provincial Police force says it is going to buy federally approved roadside drug-screening equipment to identify impaired drivers, but it cannot say how many or when. [...]

Transcriptomic RNAseq drug screen in cerebrocortical cultures: toward ...

Rare monogenic diseases affect millions worldwide; although over 4500 rare disease genotypes are known, disease-modifying drugs are available for only 5% of them. The sheer number of these conditions combined with their rarity precludes traditional costly drug discovery programs. [...]

a Unorthodoxa pain doctor fined for his record-keeping

A Nashua pain doctor whose practice involved poor record-keeping, a reluctance to drug test patients, and an insistence that gainful employment is the best weapon to battle addiction will pay a $2,000 fine but remain in practice, the Board of Medicine has decided. [...]

Is Drug Testing Employees Required in Legal States?

If your company drug tests employees, now is a good time to evaluate how the expanding legalized use of marijuana will impact your policies and your business. More employees will inevitably test positive for marijuana. [...]

.com | In Canada, pot legalisation poses health and safety challenges

Canada will end its pot prohibition on Wednesday with the goals of curbing the black market and use by youth, amid concerns around the public health and safety merits of legalisation. Public health officials contend that smoking cannabis is as harmful as tobacco, but welcome the opportunity legalisation affords for open dialogue. [...]

Police Officer's Disclosure Of Adderall Prescription...

A police officer who disclosed his Adderall prescription to his supervisor was unable to state a claim for discrimination based on an actual or perceived disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act or Pennsylvania Human Rights Act. Jeannot v. [...]

Bethenny Frankel's ex husband is accused of exploiting the death of ...

Bethenny Frankel's ex husband Jason Hoppy is accused of exploiting the death of her on-off beau Dennis Shields amid custody battle A Manhattan judge has accused Bethenny Frankel's ex-husband of taking advantage of the tragic death of her ex-boyfriend this summer. Jason Hoppy, who Bethenny shares daughter Bryn, eight, with, asked Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Katz to order drug testing for Frankel after her on-off beau died of a suspected overdose in August. [...]

Dispatches from the morgue: Toxicology tests don't tell the...

"Drug overdoses killed more Tennesseans than ever last year, fentanyl deaths up 70 percent," a recent headline from my hometown newspaper, The Tennessean, proclaimed. Variations of this headline have become routine across the U.S. In June 2017, a reporter at The New York Times revealed that opioid overdose deaths in 2016 in the U.S. surpassed the peak number of car deaths, a record that had stood since 1972. [...]

OSHA Clarifies Its Position On Post-Accident Drug Testing; States...

In a memorandum to Regional Administrators dated October 11, 2018, OSHA clarified the agency's position as to whether certain types of drug testing would be considered violations of 29 C.F.R. 1904.35 . That regulation prohibits employers from discharging or discriminating against an employee for reporting a work-related injury or illness. [...]


Nicole K. Stevens, 33, of Truman was convicted on a charge of second-degree driving while impaired-alcohol limit over .08; fined $885, sentenced to jail 365 days, stayed 335 days for two years, credit for time served seven days, serve with work release if eligible, serve with electronic home monitoring with alco-sensor, two years supervised probation, no alcohol/controlled substance use, no alcohol/controlled substance possession, random testing, complete chemical assessment, follow recommendations of evaluation, remain law-abiding, attend MADD impact panel, follow all conditions set forth in the probation agreement, follow all state and federal criminal laws, report to agent as directed, advise agent prior to changing employment and/or residence, cooperate and be truthful with agent in all matters, notify agent if arrested and/or issued a summons, obtain permission from agent before ... (more) [...]

Marijuana legalization in Canada won't change NHL _ yet

As Riley Cote took and delivered countless punches over more than a decade of junior and pro hockey, he was eager to avoid painkillers. "I started noticing some therapeutic benefits," Cote said. [...]

Amount of Customs and Border Protection employees facing discipline fell in 2017

The number of Customs and Border Protection employees facing discipline fell in 2017, the agency said in two new reports that are part of its efforts at improving transparency. Cases processed dropped from 8,253 in fiscal year 2015 to 7,740 in 2016 and 7,239 last year. [...]