Another Major Victory for Weed in the Workplace
As significant an accomplishment as it is, the country’s widening experiment with marijuana legalization is also significantly limited in scope: Your right to possess and consume cannabis stops at the workplace.
Under broad state and federal “Drug-Free Workplace” laws—passed in the 1980s at the nadir of the “Just Say No!” hype—employers have the ability and the right to fire workers for off-the-clock drug use. (For any business on the receiving end of a federal contract, the ante is upped: They are required to screen for drugs.)
Several court decisions have upheld employers’ decisions to drug-test workers, and then terminate them if the tests reveal cannabis metabolites—the fat-soluble molecules that reveal past marijuana use, often days or weeks in the past.
For the most part, drug testing has been a handy excuse for employers to part ways with anyone they might not want to employ but have no legitimate reason to do so. That’s right—minorities.
Former Business Executive to Head Panel Regulating Legal Pot in Massachusetts
BOSTON (AP) — A former business executive who opposed the legalization of recreational marijuana was tapped Thursday to head the Cannabis Control Commission, a new state agency responsible for regulating pot in Massachusetts.
The appointment of Steven Hoffman was announced by state Treasurer Deb Goldberg, who under law was tasked with selecting the person who would chair the five-member commission.
Hoffman, 64, is the second person appointed to the panel that is supposed to be up and running by Friday. The only previously chosen member is outgoing Democratic state Sen. Jennifer Flanagan, who was named last week by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and who also voted against the marijuana ballot question.
Attorney General Maura Healey, a Democrat, was expected to make a selection to the commission by Friday, according to an aide.
Atlanta Postal Workers Charged with Taking Bribes to Deliver Drugs
ATLANTA (AP) — Sixteen postal workers in Atlanta and the surrounding area accepted bribes to deliver packages of cocaine, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
In exchange for bribery payments, the postal workers provided special addresses on their routes where the drugs could be shipped and then intercepted the packages and delivered them to a person they believed was a drug trafficker using the postal system to ship multiple kilograms of cocaine at a time into the area, U.S. Attorney John Horn said.
But it was actually a sting operation: The supposed drug trafficker was working with law enforcement and the packages contained fake drugs.
“Postal employees are entrusted with a vital function in our communities. They often are visiting people’s homes and having personal interaction with our citizens,” Horn said. “The defendants in this case allegedly breached that critical trust by accepting work from somebody that they believed to be a drug dealer. For a simple few extra bucks in their pockets, they were willing to not only bring what they believed to be dangerous drugs into our communities, but they also jeopardized the safety of their co-workers and the residents they served.”
Ex-Bain consultant who opposed legalization named top marijuana regulator
California Could Legalize Magic Mushrooms in 2018
It is distinctly possible that California voters could be the first in the nation to decide whether psychedelic mushrooms should be made legal in a manner similar to alcohol and marijuana.
Earlier last week, paperwork was filed with the state attorney general’s office asking to put the question of legal psilocybin (otherwise known as magic mushrooms) on the ballot in the 2018 election. The proposal, which was submitted by veteran cannabis advocate Kevin Saunders, would legalize the hallucinogen for adults 21 and over all across the Golden State.
“This initiative exempts adults, 21 and over, from criminal penalties and decriminalizes adult use of psilocybin,” the initiative reads. The would-be law modification also “exempts adults, 21 and over, from California health and safety codes which otherwise prohibit possession, sale, transport and cultivation of psilocybin.”
U.S. Border Patrol in Maine Says Legalization Won’t Stop Marijuana Seizures
The top U.S. Border Patrol agent in Maine recently reminded folks that its officers have no intention of allowing weed to enter through Maine’s 600-mile border with Canada. I
n an effort to enforce that, he warmed that legal pot smokers had best stay away from the border, regardless of the fact that cannabis is now legal in Maine.
A high-ranking officer in the Border Patrol, Chief Daniel Hiebert, told the Portland Press Herald that his agents are not actively looking for marijuana, but if they find it, they will confiscate and make arrests, in keeping with his agents’ obligation to enforce federal law.
What Officer Hiebert seemed to be telling Maine residents who legally possess marijuana is that they should stay away from the border.
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