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CDC Warns of Stoned Driving Risks, Offers Workplace Cannabis Policy Advice

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is giving advice to businesses on how to develop marijuana policies, reported Marijuana Moment.

The CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), a research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health, issued a report that warns about the inherent risks of driving while under the influence of THC

“Marijuana use in the United States is increasing as more states legalize its medical and recreational use. Managing motor vehicle crash risks associated with marijuana impairment is important, as marijuana impacts a driver’s cognitive abilities. Other than alcohol, marijuana is frequently reported found in post-crash testing. This substance needs to be addressed as part of all workplace motor vehicle safety programs,” stated the report adding an explanation that THC was psychoactive and could “impair coordination, distort perception and lead to memory loss and difficulty in problem-solving,” thus could result in slow reaction times in the case of driving.

The report noted that despite some unanswered questions about marijuana’s role in crash risk, “workers under the influence of marijuana do not have the skills needed to drive safely.” The agency warned that with cannabis use on the rise, it should be addressed by workplace motor vehicle safety programs. concluded the report.

Best Practices for Employers:

The report calls on businesses to develop a comprehensive marijuana policy that accounts for current laws in each state and recognizes that “a zero-tolerance policy for marijuana may not be possible.” However, there is room for improvement in terms of best marijuana policies.

Best practices recommended by the CDC include prohibiting workers from using marijuana in any form while at work and from being under the influence when they report for work. It also recommends partnering with an attorney to review the company policy and outlining the “specifics” of marijuana testing such as testing conditions, threshold that will constitute impairment, and the consequences of a positive test.

The CDC advises businesses to work with a medical professional with training in interpreting THC tests and “warn drivers that Cannabidiol (CBD) product labeling is not regulated,” while their consumption could result in a positive THC test. Moreover, CDC calls businesses to educate drivers on the effects of marijuana on cognitive abilities and recognizes the importance of providing support for employees struggling with addiction.

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This article was originally published on November 29, 2021 5:12 pm.

Original Post: benzinga.com

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Will You Sell Your Dogecoin If It Reaches $0.50 (Again) in 2022? Over 75% Say…

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Every week, Benzinga conducts a survey to collect sentiment on what traders are most excited about, interested in or thinking about as they manage and build their personal portfolios.

This week, we posed the following question to Benzinga visitors: Will you sell your Dogecoin (CRYPTO: DOGE) if it reaches $0.50 in 2022?

Since early 2021, it’s no secret Dogecoin’s price has risen or fallen in sympathy with both the price of Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC) and tweets by Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk. Heavy support for Dogecoin, by Musk, might give the meme crypto a shot at reaching $0.50 in 2022.

Back on May 8, 2021, Dogecoin reached an all-time high of $0.7376 in anticipation of Musk’s appearance on Saturday Night Live. The meme crypto is since trading lower by 81.7%. 

Here are the full results from this week’s survey:

Yes, I will sell my Dogecoin if it reaches $0.50: 75.3%
No, I will not sell my Dogecoin if it reaches $0.50: 24.7%

This sentiment study was conducted amid another active week of trading, which saw the meme cryptocurrency fall by over 28%.

At the time of publication, Dogecoin was trading around $0.1338, down 11.2% in the past 24 hours.

See Also: Dogecoin Vs. Shiba Inu

This survey was conducted by Benzinga in January 2022 and included the responses of a diverse population of adults 18 or older.

Opting into the survey was completely voluntary, with no incentives offered to potential respondents. The study reflects results from over 1,000 adults.

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Apple Poised to Outperform Expectations in December Quarter, Analyst Says: How Will Shares React?

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Notwithstanding supply constraints, an analyst at Morgan Stanley is positive about Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) December quarter performance.

The Apple Analyst: Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty has an Overweight rating and a $200 price target for Apple shares.

The Apple Thesis: Cupertino is likely to post upside to Street forecasts for the December quarter and guide to a relatively in-line March quarter, thanks to improving iPhone production into year-end and modest Services outperformance, Huberty said in a note. Since hitting a low on Oct. 4, Apple’s shares are up 19%, suggesting the December quarter upside is largely priced in, she added.

The analyst models December quarter revenues of $122.3 billion, a 41.9% gross margin and $1.97 per share in earnings. Apple’s management will likely shed light on its active device and iPhone installed base, the analyst said.

Among products, Apple may have shipped 83 million units of iPhones, 7.6 million units of Macs and 14.9 million units of iPads, Huberty said. The analyst estimates total product revenues of $103.1 billion, which is above the consensus estimate of $100.3 billion.

Services revenue is likely to come in at $19.2 billion, also above the consensus estimate of $18.6 billion, Huberty said. The upside is due to stronger-than-expected App Store performance and Apple’s Licensing & Other segment, she added.

Given the sustained presence of COVID-19, management is unlikely to offer a revenue guidance range for the March quarter and instead will likely provide commentary on segment growth trends, she noted.

Related Link: Apple Becomes First Company To Top $3 Trillion Market Cap; Analyst Says Rally Has Further Legs

Apple shares have underperformed thus far in January after December’s outperformance, the analyst said. Apple is expected to release the iPhone SE3 in April/May this year, the iPhone 14 in Fall 2022 and a mixed reality headset in 2023, Huberty noted.

Morgan Stanley said it would be a buyer on any weakness post-earnings, as it views Apple as a more “defensive/quality outperformer” in challenging markets. The company’s 1.65 billion+ installed base with high loyalty/retention rates, underweight institutional positioning, along with strong capital returns and the tendency for it to outperform ahead of product cycles make the firm positive on Apple stock, Morgan Stanley noted.

AAPL Price Action: Apple shares were down 2.10% to $162.41 at market close Friday.

Original Article: benzinga.com

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Bitcoin May Be Plunging Hard, but Look Who’s Buying the Dip

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The sell-off seen in the crypto space is continuing into the weekend, and Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC), the apex crypto, is no exception. Bitcoin-backer and El Salvador President Nayib Bukele, unsurprisingly, is seeing the weakness as a buying opportunity.

What Happened: Bukele said in a late Friday tweet that the country has purchased an additional 410 Bitcoins for $15 million, the nation now holds over 1,500 BTC. The president also suggested that some current sellers are liquidating at throwaway prices.

The tweet was in reply to his own Jan. 14 tweet, in which Bukele indicated that he might have missed the dip at the time.

The tweet elicited mixed responses. One Twitter user said Bukele wasted over $36,500 per Bitcoin and suggested that if the president wants to make bad bets on Bitcoin, he should be doing so with his own money. He challenged Bukele to disclose his personal Bitcoin holdings.

Meanwhile, another user supported the Bitcoin purchase and said the president is seeing the big picture, while others don’t understand Bitcoin is a long-term asset.

Related Link: Bitcoin Slips Below Crucial $40K Level, Taking Ethereum, Dogecoin Down With It: US Treasuries, Russia, Outflows And More That’s Weighing

Why It’s Important: After seeing a downtrend since hitting a high in early November, Bitcoin has come under further pressure in the new year. Since the start of the year, the apex currency has lost over 20%, implying it is sinking further into bear market territory.

El Salvador has the distinction of being the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender, alongside the U.S. dollar, on Sep. 7, 2021.

At the time, Bukele reasoned the move would spur investment in the country and come in handy for 70% of its citizens, who don’t have access to traditional financial services. The country has also made plans to build a Bitcoin city, financing the construction by the issuance of a $1 billion Bitcoin Bond.

BTC’s trajectory in the near- to midterm will determine the success of the country’s Bitcoin strategy and whether Bukele will be vindicated. At last check, Bitcoin was seen down 7.56% in the past 24 hours to $35,486.19.

Related Link: How to Buy Bitcoin

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