Network Report


Public Health Law and Policy Perspectives

The Latest in Vaccine Policies — Q&A

Vaccine policies play a vital role in protecting public health and are particularly relevant given the recent outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. In this Q&A, the co-authors of the article, “The Latest in Vaccine Policies: Selected Issues in School Vaccinations, Healthcare Worker Vaccinations, and Pharmacist Vaccination and Authority Laws” discuss this critical public health issue.


Medical Marijuana Programs

Marijuana remains classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning it is illegal under federal law. However, 29 states and the District of Columbia have passed or enacted comprehensive medical marijuana programs allowing marijuana use by patients with certain medical issues. This survey provides a brief overview of jurisdictions with statutory and regulatory provisions legalizing medical marijuana use as of June 1, 2017.

Limited Access Medical Marijuana Laws

Eighteen states have adopted Limited Access Marijuana Product Laws permitting only low (or zero) Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and high Cannabidiol (CBD) products to treat several, often specified conditions, usually uncontrolled epilepsy disorders. THC is the psychoactive substance in marijuana that alters users’ senses and causes mood changes, and can lead to changes in behavior. Cannabidiol, however, has mild psychoactive effects. This Survey provides a brief overview of jurisdictions with statutory and regulatory provisions legalizing limited access medical marijuana programs.


Legal Interventions to Reduce Opioid Overdose Mortality

Thursday July 27 from 2:00 P.M. TO 3:00 P.M. ET

Drug overdose is a nationwide epidemic that claims the lives of over 52,000 Americans every year. Opioids, both prescription painkillers and illegal drugs such as heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl, are responsible for most of these deaths – over 33,000 in 2015 alone. Changes to law and policy could dramatically decrease the number of Americans who needlessly die every year from drug overdose, as well as those who suffer related disability, trauma and discrimination. Join us for an overview of what states are currently doing to address the epidemic, along with a discussion of those laws and policies that might better equip them to confront this growing public health crisis.

Ask the Experts

Pesticide Use on Cannabis Plants

The use of pesticides on cannabis (marijuana) plants has increasingly become a health concern in states that have legalized marijuana, and regulations can be murky. The Network recently received a request from an individual looking for information on state regulations related to pesticide application on cannabis plants.

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