Issue Brief: New Federal Paradigm in Marijuana Legalization?

The results of the 2016 General Election raise questions as to whether a new federal/state legal relationship concerning marijuana legalization is forthcoming. Twenty-eight states now allow residents to use marijuana for medicinal purposes, and eight states legally authorize and regulate recreational marijuana programs. This Issue Brief reviews current federal legal framework regarding marijuana control and explores possible options for federal, state and local governments in the near future.

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Survey: Medical Marijuana – State Regulatory Statutes Governing Use

This resource provides a summary of the provisions regulating the use of medical marijuana in each state and the District of Columbia that has enacted a medical marijuana program. The topics covered include qualifying health conditions, health insurance reimbursement requirements, housing restrictions, public indoor and outdoor use restrictions.

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Public Health Law Career Tool

The field of public health law is rapidly expanding, but knowing where to look for public health law jobs remains a key area of confusion for many students and young professionals. This interactive tool provides an introduction to the career paths available to public health law professionals, including an overview of organizations that work on public health law issues.

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Resource: Adolescent Dental Health and Screening for Sensitive Health Concerns

This resource outlines the opportunity for dentists and hygienists to provide oral screening of adolescents for highly sensitive health concerns – like eating disorders, tobacco use, diabetes and HIV – during dental exams. The resource provides insights on related laws and steps to consider.

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Resource: Findings from the Network for Public Health Law J.D./M.P.H. Survey

The growing interest in the intersection between the fields of public health and law has prompted questions among many students about what they can expect if they choose to pursue a career in public health law. The Network conducted the following survey to provide a supportive resource for further engagement to students.

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Fact Sheet: Career Paths in Public Health Law

This fact sheet provides an overview of some of the most common career opportunities in public health law.

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Issue Brief: Farmworker Housing

Migrant farmworkers establish temporary housing during their seasonal employment, often through their employer. This issue brief is meant to help local and state agencies and interested individuals better understand legal authority relating to farmworker housing.

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Issue Brief: Improving Oral Health Care and the ACA

The largely preventable problem of poor oral health can lead to reduced quality of life and increased incidence of non-oral health problems. This issue brief describes the problem of poor oral health care in America and then discusses the solutions suggested by two Institute of Medicine reports released in 2011, as well as the provisions of the Affordable Care Act intended to positively impact oral health care in America.

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Table: Tort Liability

There are several laws that protect volunteers and employees from liability for negligence that may have resulted in harm to another person. This issue brief summarizes the federal and Indiana laws protecting individuals from tort liability. Though the state laws in this document apply to Indiana, they likely have similar counterparts in other states.

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Issue Brief: How the Farm Bill Affects Public Health

This issue brief provides a broad overview of the types of programs authorized under the Farm Bill and how these programs impact health at the population level.

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