Mo. marijuana licensing process sparks partisan fight
A memo prepared for a Missouri House committee suggests that the administration of Gov. Mike Parson interfered in a House investigation of the state’s medical marijuana licensing process, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The memo, prepared by House Democrats, makes the case that the investigation into the licensing program should continue. A spokeswoman for the governor, a Republican, dismissed the memo as a partisan attack prior to the election. Leaders of the licensing program have been criticized for hiring a third-party scorer to grade applications for marijuana businesses.
Tenn. vet surrenders license after dog deaths
A veterinarian disciplined by the Tennessee Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners surrendered his license this month following the deaths of two dogs. Faulting Ronald Whitford’s surgical technique, the board him on probation in 2017 after a dog died following a spay procedure. A second dog died following a spay procedure in 2018, before the probation was lifted. The veterinary board determined that Whitford had engaged in “gross malpractice or a pattern of continued or repeated malpractice, ignorance, negligence or incompetence,” according to the Leaf Chronicle newspaper.
Mass. weed retailer sues state for license delay
A Massachusetts cannabis company has sued the state, alleging that unnecessary delays for one of its business licenses has cost it $1.2 million, according to Marijuana Business Daily. Northeast Alternatives seeks to force the state Cannabis Control Commission to act on its license application, which has been pending since February. The company attributes its loss to the $200,000 in rent it continues to pay while waiting for the state’s decision.
COVID cuts cause licensing delays for Texas nurses
Texas nurses face delays when applying for initial licenses, renewals and transfers, according to KXAN in Austin. In response, the Texas Board of Nursing says it will add staff. The board’s director of operations, Mark Majek, says the board typically hires additional staff during peak application and renewal periods. However, COVID-related budget reductions have made that difficult recently. He said the board would hire a few additional staff despite the cuts.
Calif. contractors board warns fire victims of fraud
Investigators from the California Contractors State Licensing Board, along with other agencies, have posted signs and gone door to door in badly burned areas of Lyons Valley, Japatul and Lawson Valley to warn residents about unlicensed contractors. In addition, the investigators spoke with contractors on site to check on their licenses, as well as the legitimacy of their contracts with homeowners. The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office is urging residents to contact the state to verify the legitimacy of a contractor’s license, according to NBC San Diego.
Study examines mental health and remote work
Consulting firm Martec reported finding four types of people when they studied remote work and mental health. According to Governing, the people ranged from the “thriving” to the “trapped.” Those who thrive while working remotely often describe themselves as introverts. Those who felt trapped missed interacting with coworkers. Trapped workers suffered the greatest decline in mental health.