Legalising medicinal marijuana leads to increase in social security disability claims (US)

first_imgSurprising medical marijuana side effect: More people claiming disabilityMarketWatch 25 September 2017Family First Comment: “Expanding marijuana access has negative spillover effects to costly social programs that disincentive work.”It’s called dope for a reason – especially when it’s smoked and not proven to have medical benefit.Medical marijuana laws are becoming more popular across the country, but legalizing the drug for medicinal purposes can have a major unintended consequence.State medical marijuana laws lead to an increase in the probability that people will make Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims, according to a new working paper from researchers at Temple University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Cincinnati. The tendency to make an SSDI claim rose 9.9% following the passage of a medical marijuana law, while actual SSDI benefits rose by 2.6%. The report, which was distributed by the National Bureau of Economic Research, used data from the Current Population Survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to produce its findings.The researchers also studied the effect state laws on medical marijuana had on workers’ compensation (WC) claims. While their analysis did not produce any statistically significant evidence on these claims, the researchers said the data suggested generally that the laws do cause an increase. “Expanding marijuana access has negative spillover effects to costly social programs that disincentive work,” the researchers wrote.Consequently, medical marijuana laws could have a major impact on these already-costly social insurance programs were they to become even more prevalent. So far, 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana to treat a host of illnesses ranging from cancer and glaucoma to chronic pain disorders and epilepsy. As of 2016, the SSDI and workers’ compensation programs cost the government and employers roughly $208 billion annually.And while older adults are more likely to suffer from many of the conditions medical marijuana is prescribed for, they aren’t more likely to file a disability claim. The researchers reported no statistically significant evidence that medical marijuana laws resulted in a change in benefits claims among older adults between the ages of 41 and 62. That wasn’t true of their younger peers between the ages of 23 and 40. For them, the passage of medical marijuana laws led to a 24% increase in the probability of making SSDI claims and a 15% increase in the likelihood of workers’ compensation claims.READ MORE: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/legalizing-medical-marijuana-leads-to-an-increase-in-social-security-disability-claims-2017-09-25last_img read more

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MDI, Bucksport win golf matches

first_img Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Bio At the Bar Harbor Golf Course in Trenton, MDI’s Trojans turned in a strong first place finish against the Ellsworth Eagles, George Stevens Academy Eagles and Calais Blue Devils.Junior Kyle Lamson was medalist for MDI with a score of 43 as the Trojans turned in a team score of 184.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textCalais was second with 215, edging GSA by a single stroke and Ellsworth was fourth with 242.At the Searsport Pines Golf Club, Bucksport prevailed in a three-team match against the Searsport Vikings and Sumner Tigers.Sydnie Howard of Bucksport and Rica Warren of Searsport combined for medalist honors with rounds of 48.Scoring behind Howard for Bucksport were James McAllian 49, Noah Lenor 51, Tyler Heath 54, Jordan Wadleigh 62 and Dylan Bunker 64. Fenceviewer Staff Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Latest Posts ELLSWORTH — The Bucksport Golden Bucks and the Mount Desert Island Trojans were winners of season-opening high school golf matches on Friday.last_img read more

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Badgers get wet in home opener

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin’s men’s and women’s swim teams have a mission this season: finish ranked in the top 20.This goal is bolstered for both teams by a strong influx of youth that supplements a talented corps of upperclassmen. Following a successful meet for both teams against UW-Green Bay, coach Eric Hansen feels confident that his teams can attain that goal.”I think we’re capable of a lot,” he said. “We have some real solid talent coming through the door this year.”For the women’s team, that incoming talent would be freshmen Margaret Meyer and Karlyn Hougan. During the women’s decisive 159-80 win over UW-Green Bay, Meyer aided the “B” medley team to tie the Wisconsin “A” team for first place, and also helped the 200-yard freestyle relay “A” team secure first place, swimming the second-fastest leg of that relay.Hougan, meanwhile, also swam in that first-place freestyle relay, while also placing fifth in the 50-yard individual freestyle, the third-highest Wisconsin finisher in that event.In the diving well, the Badgers look to have an edge with impressive incoming freshman Ciara Rinaudo. Rinaudo finished first and third with her dives, her first coming in the one-meter event in which she scored 214.28. For her efforts, she was even named the Big Ten Diver of the Week, the first time a UW athlete won that award since sophomore Jenny Hawkins did so last October. Hawkins, in the meet versus UW-Green Bay, won the three-meter event with a score of 222.38The UW women’s team’s strength is not just in its youth, but also in a group Hansen called the “very seasoned veterans.” One of those veterans is reigning Big Ten Swimmer of the Week, senior Jackie Vavrek. Vavrek helped the “A” 200-yard medley relay team tie the “B” team for first, won the 50-yard freestyle event and posted the fastest individual time of anyone in the pool for the “A” team in the 200-yard freestyle relay.”I have rather high expectations for myself this year,” Vavrek said. “After just missing the Big Ten record last year at the Big Ten Championships in the 50 (freestyle), I would love to actually break that this year.”Another senior aiding the team is Katie Imhoff-Smith, who was on the same medley relay team with Vavrek that tied for first. A butterfly specialist, she won her 100-yard race and also moonlights for the “B” team in the 200-yard freestyle relay.On the men’s side, the Badgers won 12 of their 13 events in Green Bay, winning by a 159-77 score. The top freshmen on the men’s side were Kyle Thompson and Luke Lengfeld, who took first and second, respectively, in the 1,000-yard freestyle. They also teamed up on the “B” 200-yard freestyle relay team to take second place behind the Wisconsin “A” team.Wisconsin’s men’s team is led by junior Scott Rice and sophomore Phil Davies. Rice swam the third leg of the “A” team in the 200-yard medley relay, won the 200-yard freestyle race and won his butterfly event, the 100-yard race. He also took home Big Ten Swimmer of the Week. Davies, meanwhile, took first in the 100-yard freestyle and swam the first leg of the winning “A” team of the 200-yard of the freestyle relay.Wisconsin swept the Diver of the Week awards, as freshman Caleb Percevz took the honor home thanks to a first-place finish in the one-meter and three-meter events. Percevz put up scores of 275.85 and 245.63, respectively.”The team has the potential to dominate the Big Ten,” Percevz said.Hansen was also optimistic about both the men’s and the women’s team’s chances.”The majority of how we judge ourselves is how we are ranked nationally at the end of the year,” he said. “Our expectations are to be back in the top 20 on both sides.”Both teams open up Big Ten competition against Iowa at home in the Natatorium Thursday. That is followed up with a meet against visiting UW-Milwaukee Friday. Other dates to keep an eye on this year are Nov. 2 and 3, when Wisconsin travels to Tucson, Ariz., to face off against the Wildcats, and the Northwestern Triangular meet versus Northwestern and Michigan Nov. 16 and 17.”I think we have the potential to really take a step up in the national level,” Imhoff-Smith said.”We are definitely going to turn some heads,” Vavrek added.last_img read more

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