CDC Discourages Marijuana Drug Testing
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CDC Discourages Marijuana Drug Testing (Cannabis Radio News) – When new guidelines were released last week on the use of opiate painkillers to help combat the recent addiction and overdose, hidden deep within were recommendations for physicians to no longer consider positive drug test results for THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, as reason to cease a painkiller regimen.
The guidelines should prove beneficial to patients in the 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana who have sometimes been forced to choose between their medical marijuana use and their opiate painkiller prescriptions.
Coincidentally, the latest release from the CDC follows a letter sent by Senator Elizabeth Warren to CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden, asking his agency to research the “effectiveness of medical marijuana as an alternative to opioids for pain treatment in states where it is legal,” and to study “the impact of the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana on opioid overdose deaths.”
Also in the Headlines
Washington State Marijuana Production Drops Dramatically (Cannabis Radio News) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reports and 80 percent decline in marijuana seized compared to 2010. The number of marijuana plants seized in Washington State in 2014 was 57,000. Over that same five-year period, the amount of processed marijuana seized dropped about one-quarter, from 3,126 pounds to 635 pounds.
In Other News
- Marijuana’s black market and highway safety topped the agenda to open the first week of testimony in the Vermont House on legalization.
- Dallas City Council voted not to try a six-month pilot program in the City of Dallas that would have allowed people caught with a small amount of marijuana to avoid jail time, instead being released with a citation and a summons to show up in court.
- An 80-year-old man who ran a sprawling marijuana-dealing operation that covered several states, with records going back to 1992, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.