Screening News Update: Marijuana Ballot Initiatives | NJ Towns Fight Legalization | New Opioid Approved [Video]
- Marijuana Ballot Initiatives
- New Jersey Towns Try to Head Off Future Marijuana Votes
- New Opioid Approved
Marijuana Ballot Initiatives
Four states had marijuana initiatives on the ballot last week. Three of them passed. First, Michigan’s Proposal 1 passed with 57% of the vote. Ten days after the election results are certified, it will be legal for anyone age 21 or older to buy, possess and use marijuana and marijuana edibles for recreation. Voters in Missouri and Utah voted to legalize medical marijuana. Missouri has 9 qualifying conditions, Utah has 12. In Michigan and Missouri employers are expected to retain the right to drug test and discipline employees who come to work impaired. Utah employers have been told to expect lots of changes as the law goes into effect, though none of them have been laid out yet. North Dakota residents will not be allowed to use the drug for recreation -- at least not now. Measure 3 failed with only 40% of the vote, but legalization advocates have been working hard in this state; it is likely voters will see the question again soon.
New Jersey Towns Try to Head Off Future Marijuana Votes
Meanwhile, Oakland, New Jersey has decided to join a growing list of municipalities in the state that are trying to put the brakes on legalized marijuana. A bill is now being crafted in the state legislature that would make it legal for anyone over the age of 21 to be able to buy the drug by the end of the year. It calls for legalized dispensaries, home deliveries and even smoking lounges. Eighteen towns are making moves to ban marijuana before that legislation can get passed. Oakland recently adopted an ordinance that would exempt medical marijuana use, dispensaries and caregivers, but ban retail stores, cultivation facilities, manufacturing, social clubs, deliveries and much more. Other towns have banned all forms of legal marijuana regardless of what the state decides. One mayor said he took an oath to uphold the Constitution, and since federal law says marijuana is a no-no, he is not going to allow it in his borough.
New Opioid Approved
Marijuana isn’t the only drug in the news today. In the midst of what’s being called a national opioid crisis, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved a new opioid tablet that is 1,000 times more potent than morphine and 10 times stronger than fentanyl. Critics are screaming that this flies in the face of our current war on these dangerous drugs, but supporters point out that Dsuvia, the fast-acting alternative to IV painkillers, will only be used in hospitals, surgery centers and emergency rooms. This drug is not supposed to be used for more than 72 hours and has dangerous side-effects that range from breathing problems to coma and death.