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Are we putting the cart before the horse when it comes to legalizing medical marijuana? Some scientists and doctors in Canada believe so. Medical marijuana has been legal there since 2001. But while there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that people are getting relief from the drug, medical professionals say there’s still no true standard on usage and dosing. There is also a lack of data on long term risks that might come from using marijuana to treat a host of diseases from multiple sclerosis to cancer, migraines, seizures and dozens more.

The revelation shocked fans of the long-running reality show “19 Kids and Counting”… the oldest son of the devout family had been accused of touching several young girls inappropriately. Josh Duggar, who was 14 at the time of the alleged abuse, and his family acknowledged there was a police report filed in 2006, and that four out of five of the alleged victims were his younger sisters.

To borrow a phrase from the movie Jaws, “just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water...,” three more big fish are on the line for possibly violating the FCRA. After a lull of a several weeks, plaintiff's bar has apparently identified new targets.


No Reporting Limits in Nevada

Consumer reporting agencies are now allowed to report criminal convictions from the state of Nevada that are more than 7 years old. Governor Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill 409 which basically removes any time limitations on reporting criminal records. The bill also allows gaming operators and employers to do more thorough background checks on job applicants by allowing CRAs to reports bankruptcy information that is more than 10 years old. 

Do we sound like a broken record yet? I sure feel like we do, but we can’t help it when so many giant corporations keep getting caught up in the same troublesome webs. Amazon.com and Staff Management, a company Amazon uses to provide temporary workers, are among the latest subjects of class action litigation alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

It’s taken 5 years, but Colorado’s Supreme Court has finally ruled in the case of Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic who was fired from his job at Dish Network after failing a random drug test.  As an authorized medical marijuana user, Coats’ drug use was completely legal under Colorado state law, but Dish Network argued they have a zero-tolerance drug policy. The company maintained that since marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, its use for any reason is cause for termination. On June 15, 2015 the court agreed, saying state laws that stop companies from firing people for doing a “lawful activity” only protect employees who are let go for activities that are legal under both state and federal law.

It has been a wild ride for the ride-sharing giant Uber as Kansas lawmakers tried to crack down on the company’s business practices. First, the legislature passed SB 117, The Creation of Kansas Transportation Network Company Services Act- also known as the “Uber bill.”  In its original form, the legislation required all drivers to carry comprehensive and collision insurance and to undergo background checks through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.