Summary and opinion by John Fouts.
The CARERS act whose title is, “The Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act”, was created to do just those things. It is intended to enable research into medical value presented by cannabis, to allow states to set their own medical marijuana policies, and would reschedule cannabis from schedule I to schedule II. The act now has 30 co-sponsors. It is the most comprehensive medical marijuana bill ever introduced in Congress. The bill apparently has a slim chance to pass even despite the large number of co-sponsors. The former Director of Federal Policies for MPP (Marijuana Policy Project), Dan Riffle, said he thinks the bill has a low chance for passage because it would have to get through committees with political gatekeepers who are staunch supporters of the war on drugs. There is bi-partisan support for the bill, but for it to pass it must first get a hearing in the committee the bill has been assigned to.
My Opinion: I wish the CARERS act could pass through the appropriate channels at the federal level without many obstacles, but we all know that is not the way our political system works. There are checks and balances in place for a reason. We all must remain as advocates for activism if we wish to see political change for any cause, and cannabis law reform is no different.
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Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Eugene Monroe won’t be on the next roster, and it may be for his advocacy for medical marijuana. Monroe’s January recovery from a shoulder injury inspired him to write about marijuana versus opioids, and donate $80,000 to medical marijuana researchers at both Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania. His work, he tweeted, was all for his “brothers… the players that make up the team… our future health and wellness.”
Unfortunately, his offseason, offtopic efforts failed to impress the Ravens officials. In the days leading up to his release, attitudes from the organization led Monroe to wonder if his marijuana advocacy was to blame. Interestingly, his original questions were less about the drug, and more about overall NFL healthcare.
It is arguable that reviewing old drug testing policies is going to be a big trend in U.S. companies in the nearest future. If the weed is legal, and the job can be done safely under cannabis influence, why would an employer be concerned about marijuana consumption enough to spend money on drug testing?
Current situation is creating a whole lot of consequences, like people easily cheating on drug tests by adding water to their urine, or other people making money on ‘weed detox sets’ that claim to free your system of cannabis traces in just three days. More than 93% test negative, but employers continue testing. In most cases, we just avoid working for companies that drug test employees.