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Including the ballot measures enacted during the November 2016 election, eight states and the District of Columbia now allow persons aged 21 or older to use or possess relatively small amounts of marijuana. The cultivation (either commercial or private) and retail sale of marijuana also is allowed in many of these jurisdictions. This summary highlights a number of key laws and regulations in each of the nine jurisdictions. Read more »

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Foundation Care shares how they have overcome the challenges to maintain compliance for all operational state Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs. Read more »

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The review includes relevant information on the changes made in the past year in certain areas related to PMPs. Read more »

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This document is a product of NAMSDL’s extensive review and analysis of current state laws addressing driving under the influence of drugs other than alcohol. On a state-by-state basis, NAMSDL lays out laws pertaining to the standard(s) for a violation, implied consent to testing and penalties for refusal, penalties for conviction, treatment requirements, and selected appellate court decisions on key topics. In addition to this Summary, during the fall of 2016, NAMSDL will publish a multiple-part series on drugged driving in the NAMSDL News that analyzes the differences between state laws and discusses the recommended provisions contained in the model law developed by the President’s Commission on Model State Drug Laws. Read more »

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