Georgia

City of Atlanta Eliminates Pre-Employment Drug Testing For Certain Occupations

For some incoming city employees in Atlanta, a drug test will no longer be a prerequisite for the job. That is thanks to an executive order issued earlier this month by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms that suspended physical examinations and drug screenings “prospective employees who are not applying for employment in safety sensitive positions.”  The order “also grants the Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources the authority to administratively establish requirements for pre-employment physical examinations and drug testing for safety sensitive positions and may designate certain employment classifications which affect safety and /or security as safety sensitive positions.” […]

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Georgia Accepting Applications for Medical Cannabis Production

Medical cannabis is slowly but surely coming to the state of Georgia, a little bit at a time. The state is now accepting applications for those who want to manufacture cannabis. This means that those who need medical cannabis oil, which is legal in the state, will actually be able to obtain it within state lines.  This move is a long time coming, as it has been five years since treatment with medical cannabis oil was legalized in the state by the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission.  As of now, there are about 14,000 registered patients in the state […]

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Why the two GA Senate run-off elections matter to the future of vaping

Regardless of which side of the political conversation vapers happen to fall, the 2020 elections have often been stressful, at times anger-inducing, and perhaps a little bit painful.  As the arduous task of vote counting began to unfold on Tuesday night, signs began to emerge almost immediately of a very tight race.  Polls in states like Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Nevada caused uncertainty for the next four days until the mainstream media finally proclaimed Saturday morning that Democrat Joe Biden is the apparent winner.  But the goings-on in Georgia are of particular interest – especially to the vaping community – because […]

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Here's why Joe Biden's election win is good news for cannabis and psychedelics – The Georgia Straight

The election of Joe Biden is not only good news for potheads and medical cannabis users stateside. Canada’s legal cannabis producers, which saw their stock prices soar on the heels of Biden’s win, are rejoicing, too. Biden’s promise to decriminalize cannabis at the federal level has sparked a rush of optimism among Canadian producers. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have already legalized cannabis. Another 26 states have decriminalized cannabis for medical purposes. New Jersey, Arizona, Montana, Mississippi, and South Dakota were added to the list on election night on November 3. Each of those states passed measures to either fully legalize, […]

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Georgia Schools Invited to Join the Vape-Free Schools Initiative – Patch.com

Today, the American Lung Association announced the new Vape-Free School Initiative, a comprehensive program to help school administrators and educators address the surge of youth vaping across Georgia. “In Georgia, 17% of high school students used e-cigarettes in 2019. Vaping harms developing lungs and overall health and may place people at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. We must do more to protect our youth from a lifetime of addiction to deadly tobacco products,” said Lauren Bineau, health promotions specialist for the Lung Association. “Through our Vape-Free Schools Initiative, the Lung Association is helping schools navigate this public […]

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