Legislative Alert: Guam Medical Tourism, Rhode Island Dispensaries, CDL Scheme Busted
- Guam Hopes to Lure Tourists with Marijuana
- Rhode Island Dispensaries Worry They Will Soon be Obsolete
- CDL Drug Testing Scheme Dismantled
Guam Hopes to Lure Tourists with Marijuana
A bill has been presented in Guam’s legislature that would allow non-residents to participate in the island’s medical marijuana program. Voters approved medical use of the drug back in 2014, but red tape has slowed its implementation. Now Senator Dennis Rodriguez wants to open the program up to foreign visitors, specifically those from Japan and other Asian countries. The hope is this medical tourism will help keep the program viable for local patients by increasing the number of participants.
Rhode Island Dispensaries Worry They Will Soon be Obsolete
Several states relaxed restrictions on casinos after realizing their residents were crossing the border to gamble with their looser neighbors. A similar issue might soon happen with marijuana. Medical marijuana dispensaries in Rhode Island are concerned they will be put out of business when Massachusetts starts allowing recreational use of the drug in July of 2018. At that point, dispensaries fear patients will prefer a short drive to buy the drug without being on a list and requiring a prescription. It costs $50 per year to be on the Rhode Island list, plus the cost of a doctor visit to get the prescription. The state will also lose the sales tax being collected from the dispensaries if patients decide to buy across the border. The one thing that might prevent the loss is that the dispensaries carry forms of the drug that will not be available in Massachusetts retail stores.
CDL Drug Testing Scheme Dismantled
All Commercial Driver’s License holders are required to submit to drug testing in an effort to keep our roads safe. But Demetri Dearth, the former owner of Advanced Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP) in Redding, California, hurt that effort immensely. According to the DOT’s Office of Inspector General, Dearth collected urine specimens from drivers in 2009 and 2010, but never sent them to a lab. Instead, she created false Custody and Control Forms saying the samples had been released to Fed Ex, while they sat in ASAP’s office. Dearth also falsely reported that a Medical Review Officer (MRO) reviewed the results and forged their signatures. On October 20th, she pleaded guilty to mail fraud and giving false statements to a government agency.