DEA Finally Approves Study on Cannabis and PTSD

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By Bruce Barcott — 4/21/2016- One of the first federally approved studies on the effects of cannabis on veterans with PTSD received final approval from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration earlier this week. The DEA’s approval means the research, which has been stalled for five years, can finally move forward. “We could start working with study candidates as early as June,” researcher Sue Sisley told Leafly on Thursday.

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NM health provider at center of push to change federal pot policy

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A New Mexico health provider and cannabis advocate is at the forefront of the possible massive change to how marijuana is treated in the United States.

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Recreational marijuana measure dies in New Mexico Senate

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New Mexico won’t follow the lead of Colorado and other Western states that have legalized marijuana as a recreational drug, at least not this year.

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Cannabis producers say new mold and bacteria testing rules are too stringent and ask court to halt implementation

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A group of New Mexico medical cannabis producers are pushing back against the state’s strict new testing requirements they say will force them to discard up to a quarter of their medication.

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New Mexico Court Holds Employers Need Not Accommodate Medical Marijuana Use

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A federal court in New Mexico dismissed the lawsuit of an employee who was fired after testing positive for marijuana, even though he used medical marijuana in accordance with state law. Garcia v. Tractor Supply Company, No. 15-cv-00735 (D.N.M. Jan. 7, 2016). The Court held that the employer did not violate New Mexico law or public policy by terminating a new hire for failing a drug test due to the employee’s medical marijuana use. The Court’s decision followed the holdings of similar cases in California, Colorado, Michigan, Oregon and Washington. Like those cases, the Court held that employers in New Mexico are under no duty to accommodate the use of medical marijuana by employees.

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