Cannabis Symposium: Resources for Attendees

Thank you for attending the NSC symposium, Cannabis: It's Complicated. Following are some helpful resources referenced during the event:


Following are presentations from the event:

NSC Policy Positions

  • Drug Recognition Experts (DRE): Methods to determine impairment other than those used to test for alcohol must be available. NSC supports increased federal, state and local funding for training and deployment of drug recognition experts, the continued validation and refinement of the 12 step DRE process and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement training for law enforcement officials.
  • Oral Fluid Drug Testing in the Workplace: NSC supports the collection and testing of oral fluid (saliva) specimens as an acceptable method for workplace drug testing programs.
  • Comfirmation of Positive Drug Screen Results in Transportation Safety Cases: Recommends all presumptive positive drug screen results in samples obtained following transportation accidents be confirmed by an alternate analytical method prior to issuing a report.
  • Substance-free Workplace Policies and Programs: Supports the right of employers to maintain a workplace free of all forms of impairment, regardless of the legal status of the impairing substance, and encourages all employers to develop written policies and procedures to address this critical safety issue.
  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS): Supports policies aimed at reducing electronic nicotine delivery systems use, with a particular emphasis on policies that restrict e-cigarette use by teenagers.

Survey Results

The National Safety Council conducted a survey focused on public perceptions of the importance and impact of accidental or preventable deaths compared to those of other causes of death and injury. More than 2,000 surveys were completed between April 30 and May 9, 2019.

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State Map of Cannabis Laws

Access to cannabis varies widely from state to state.

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Marijuana 101

Eighty percent of employers surveyed said they were concerned about marijuana having a negative impact on their workforce. Learn the basics of cannabis and how the drug moves through the body.

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ADID Recommendations

This report describes the review and update to the NSC Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division recommendations for the toxicological investigation of suspected alcohol- and drug-impaired driving cases and motor vehicle fatalities.

The updates are made based on a survey of practices in laboratories in the U.S. and Canada, consideration of existing epidemiological crash and arrest data, current drug use patterns and practical considerations of widely available technology platforms in laboratories performing this work.

The recommendation updates are derived from a consensus of experts recruited from survey respondents and the membership of the NSC Alcohol, Drug and Impairment Division.

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