Legislative Alert - Thursday, January 5th, 2017: Feds Won't Act Against State Medical Marijuana Users
- Washington Continues to Turn a Blind Eye to Pot
- University Settles with FTC
- Juvenile Records to be Protected in California
Washington Continues to Turn a Blind Eye to Pot
In 2014 members of Congress passed the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment which prohibits federal funds from being used to quash state marijuana laws. The amendment was attached to a short-term spending bill that expires at the end of April 2017. Now, in light of the wide-spread marijuana legalization that happened on Election Day, Congress has decided to re-authorize the ban. Basically it prohibits the Department of Justice from taking any action against people involved in medical marijuana activities that follow state law. This doesn’t change the Controlled Substances Act, which makes marijuana illegal under federal law.
University Settles with FTC
Have you noticed that the once ubiquitous DeVry University advertisements have all but disappeared from TV? That’s because the school has been in a bit of trouble for making misleading claims about their graduates’ employment rates and their income levels. DeVry has settled a lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for $100 million. Half of that money will be given to the many students who were harmed by the deceptive advertisements. The rest will go towards debt relief for private student loans. DeVry will notify students, pay off their tuition debts and inform the credit bureaus so the students’ credit reports will not be affected.
Juvenile Records to be Protected in California
A new California law went into effect on January 1st that prohibits employers from considering juvenile records in their hiring decisions. According to Assembly Bill No. 1843, employers are not even allowed to ask a job applicant to disclose information about arrests, detention, processing or anything else having to do with time spent in the juvenile justice system. There are some exceptions for health care facilities.