The Union filed a grievance due to alleged discrimination of the employer against Mr. Tizzard due to his disability. However, Arbitrator Roil concluded that medical cannabis use creates a risk of employer impairment at work and cited lack of available technology to measure cannabis-induced impairment and manage associated risks, causing undue hardship for the employer. Therefore, the grievance filed by the Union was dismissed.
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The Need for Regulation: It is critical that regulators investigate these problematic marketing practices across all marijuana brands, not just MedMen, to ensure that health claims are independently verified and youth are protected from marijuana marketing. Precedent exists for federal action to regulate MedMen’s national marketing strategy because the responsibility to regulate “products containing cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds” currently rests with the FDA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Public Health Service Act.
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BOSTON – A consortium of clinicians and scientists from across Massachusetts has joined together to publicly release a "Satement of Concern” expressing their disagreement with how marijuana policy is being shaped in the Commonwealth.
According to the Statement of Concern, marijuana is being governed and regulated as if it were an “ordinary commodity”, rather than following a Public Health Framework. This is of concern because scientific evidence clearly establishes that marijuana (and specifically the psychoactive chemical THC) has the potential to do significant harm to public health. Harmful effects include, but are not limited to, the risk of addiction, impaired cognitive function, and increased risk of mental illness (including psychosis).
You can read the full Statement of Concern here.
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Reports new study in Biological Psychiatry
Cannabis use during pregnancy is associated with abnormal brain structure in children, according to a new study in Biological Psychiatry.
Compared with unexposed children, those who were prenatally exposed to cannabis had a thicker prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain involved in complex cognition, decision-making, and working memory.
Author of the study Dr. Hanan El Marroun, of Erasmus University Medical Center in The Netherlands, said: “this study is important because cannabis use during pregnancy is relatively common and we know very little about the potential consequences of cannabis exposure during pregnancy and brain development later in life.”
An estimated 2–13% of women worldwide use cannabis during pregnancy. Previous studies have identified short and long-term behavioral consequences of prenatal cannabis exposure, but effects on brain morphology were unknown.
“Understanding what happens in the brain may give us insights in how children develop after being exposed to cannabis,” said El Marroun.
“We have to be careful interpreting the results of the current study,” said El Marroun, noting that further research is necessary to explore the causal nature of the relationship between prenatal cannabis exposure and structural brain abnormalities.
“Nevertheless, the current study combined with existing literature does support the importance of preventing smoking cannabis and cigarettes during pregnancy,” she said.