On Friday, the US House of Representatives voted 228 to 164, mostly along party lines, to decriminalize marijuana, a drug that has been a concern for workers in compensation for workers and safety in the workplace.
Under the Substance Control Act, marijuana is classified at the federal level as a Schedule I drug with no medical value, similar to cocaine and heroin, but 33 states and Washington DC have legalized marijuana for medical purposes and 11 states and Washington DC have also legalized its leisure use.  The flow of state marijuana laws has been a concern among those in the workplace, as employers and state courts continue to struggle with drug testing, drug-free workplace policies, and whether federal law prevents marijuana legality in states where it is permitted. The work compensation industry had also struggled to deal with medical marijuana, which many experts have said could replace opioids for pain relief. Dosage is also a problem.
Meanwhile, several watchdog groups said on Friday that the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act would face strong opposition in the currently Republican-controlled Senate.