Biden: “I’m keeping my promise.”
On Monday morning, President Joe Biden spoke at the National Action Network’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Breakfast.
“One other thing about equal justice: I’m keeping my promise. No one—I’ll say it again—no one should be in federal prison for the mere possession of marijuana. No one. In addition to that, they should be released from prison and completely pardoned and their entire record expunged,” he said, referencing his cannabis pardons.
NCAA Board of Governors talks cannabis.
The NCAA Board of Governors held its annual convention last week, during which cannabis emerged as a spotlight issue.
Specifically, the Board “heard an update on the Cannabis in Collegiate Athletics Summit held last month to offer better understanding on the current literature, policy and research about cannabinoids as they relate to student-athlete health and performance.”
And, its Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports “will review the summit feedback and consider how it could inform education, policy and guidance on management at the school or conference level.”
The Summit covered a range of topics, like “historic trends of cannabinoid use in collegiate athletes” and “ergogenic and possible therapeutic uses of cannabinoids.”
“The cannabis industry is rapidly evolving, and it’s important for the NCAA to understand the current landscape as educational, policy and research strategies are developed to best support the physical and mental health of student-athletes,” said NCAA chief medical officer Brian Hainline at the time.
NTSB report recommends states modify laws to allow for oral fluid testing.
The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates serious aviation and train accidents, published a report that shows that alcohol “remains the most often detected drug” in accidents with impaired drivers, and that cannabinoids are the second most common.
“We’ve long known about the devastating impact of alcohol-impaired driving, but this report shows that impairment from other drugs, especially cannabis, is a growing concern that needs to be addressed,” NTSB Member Tom Chapman said in a statement.
The report, “Alcohol, Other Drug, & Multiple Drug Use Among Drivers,” included a number of recommendations, the most newsworthy being that the NTSB suggests that cannabis product labels contain a warning about driving while impaired.
Other recommendations include:
• State regulators and lawmakers should make “enhancements to state drug-impaired driving laws,” and also modify state laws to “allow for oral fluid collection, screening, and testing for the detection of drug use by drivers.”
• Toxicology testing should be standardized