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Marijuana Linked to Decreased Alcohol, Opioid Use

USA — Many people would typically open a bottle of post-work wine around 7 p.m., but, according to the 2016 report from Eaze, orders for medical marijuana spiked nightly at the same time.

The company examined its data from more than 250,000 cannabis consumers in 100 cities across California, in addition to more than 5,000 unique survey responses. The survey showed that 82 percent of people point to marijuana as the reason they drank less alcohol.

In the U.S., an estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Out of the thousands of Californians surveyed by Eaze, as many as 11 percent said they’ve quit drinking altogether because of marijuana.

Additionally, the research showed that 95 percent of medical marijuana consumers who’ve turned to opioids for pain management reported using less fewer opioids—thanks to cannabis.

Scientists are still studying the long-term effects of frequent marijuana use. Medical Daily previously reported that it has been linked to increased risk of Alzheimers and osteoperosis, as well as weakened heart muscles and worse verbal memory. Poor sleep and worse vision are also potential side effects of frequently consuming cannabis.

It seems that everyone has their poison, and even though more people are turning to marijuana, they are still given choices of “delivery methods.”

For example, Eaze found that consumers who are drinking less alcohol and consuming more cannabis are more likely to order vapor cartridges. Meanwhile, those who used to rely on painkillers will probably order the traditional marijuana “flowers”—which are “what most people think of when referring to marijuana.”

The report also reveals California’s most popular marijuana strains for 2016, as well as medical marijuana’s popularity by gender, generation, and location.

Source: Newsweek (US)
Author: Kelsey Drain
Published: February 11, 2017
Copyright: 2017 Newsweek, Inc.
Contact: letters@newsweek.com
Website: http://www.newsweek.com
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Weed At The California Workplace In 2017

CENTRAL COAST, Calif. – Proposition 64 passed in November, making it legal to possess marijuana.

Even though possession laws have changed, your employer’s view of the drug might not have — and using it off the clock could be a breach of company policy.

According to Santa Maria Attorney Michael Clayton, Proposition 64 succeeded on the 2016 ballot because it’s limited and does not create new rules in the workplace.

“Prop 64 says lets legalize marijuana and move from there,” said Clayton. “Everything is uncharted ground. One step at a time. Baby steps as we go.”

Clayton points to a failed 2010 Ballot Measure, Prop 19 which prevented employers from disciplining or firing employees who use marijuana.

California’s new pot law also does not protect workers with medical marijuana cards.

In 2008, the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of the employer in the case of Ross vs. Raging Wire.

Gary Ross, an employee who had a medical marijuana card, was fired following a positive drug test. He then filed an anti-discrimination lawsuit against his former employer. But the courts ultimately ruled in the company’s favor citing federal law which classifies marijuana as an illegal drug.

Many employers will drug test an employee if they are involved in a car accident while driving a company vehicle — even if that employee was not at fault. But, any time an employee is injured on the clock operating company equipment, the employer assumes responsibility, even following drug test, Clayton said.

“The employer has to have reason to believe that you were under the influence of a substance that impaired your ability to do the job,” said Clayton.

Clayton advises against employees from skipping their test.

“If an employee is asked to test and the employee misses it, the court sees it as a dirty test,” said Clayton.

Testing regulations are mandatory for the transportation industry. Several other federal agencies also have employee drug testing programs. The Department of Defense tests all employees in security-sensitive positions including truck drivers, airline crews, train crews, and pipeline employee, said Deputy Director Ellen Komp of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws – California Chapter.

But not all employers drug test employees.

According to Select Staffing, a job placement agency in Santa Barbara, only 20-percent of their clients require tests for new hires. Many who don’t test fear losing good employees, Select Staffing Recruitment Director Nancy Lavender said.

“This isn’t a federally passed law,” said Select Staffing Assistant Kylie Kelleher. “So it’s not a safe haven just because you have a medical marijuana card.”

But, if a qualified candidate with a good resume fails their drug test, Select Staffing will still use their discretion to place that candidate with an employer who does not drug test, Lavender said.

“They can need it [marijuana] for medical purposes and still be a great employee,” said Lavender. “But they just might be in a position where they have to take it.”

That’s why Ellen Komp recommends impairment tests over drug tests.

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