Americans with Disabilities Act Medical Marijuana

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public accomodation, transportation,... more +
The Americans with Disabilities Act is a United States federal statute enacted in 1990 to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public accomodation, transportation, communications and governmental activities. The Act defines a covered disability as those mental or physical impairments that substantially interfere with one or more major life activities.  Five different federal agencies are responsible for enforcing the ADA: Department of Labor, Department of Justice, Federal Communications Commission, Department of Transportation and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  less -
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Medical Marijuana and an Employer’s Rights in DC, Maryland, and Virginia

The District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia have all taken steps toward legalizing marijuana in some form. However, these laws differ in many respects and raise some interesting questions for employers. Because medical...more

Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Act Leaves Employers' Ability to Enforce Strict Drug-Free Workplace Policies Hazy

On April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation authorizing the use of medical marijuana (the Medical Marijuana Act or MMA) in Pennsylvania. The new law – effective May 17, 2016 – allows patients...more

“Up in Smoke – Are Employers Required to Accommodate Medical Marijuana Use?”

For reasons that are subject to debate, 4/20 has become known as a holiday for those who enjoy marijuana. However, over the course of many years, the face of “pot culture” has changed to include not only those lighting up...more

Don’t Get Smoked By Pennsylvania’s New Medical Marijuana Law

Action item: Governor Tom Wolf is expected to sign legislation on Sunday, April 17, that will legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. The new law also prohibits discrimination against certified users of medical marijuana,...more

Illinois Medical Marijuana Law: What Employers Should Know

Currently, 23 states have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana. Medical marijuana laws are challenging for all employers, but particularly multistate employers, as employers must reconcile federal and varying state...more

Employers and medical marijuana: Are California's anti-drug policies up in smoke?

What’s an employer to do when faced with employees using marijuana in or out of the workplace? How should employers respond to employees who use or possess marijuana legally under California law? How does such use or...more

Miners & Marijuana

As in other industries, mining companies must contend with employees and contractors using or being under the influence of illegal drugs in the workplace. Marijuana is one of the most prominent substances detected in drug...more

Recent Colorado Supreme Court Decision on Medical Marijuana Highlights Risks Facing Employers in Connecticut Who Seek to Enforce...

As many of our clients know, we frequently train and counsel employers on the implications of Connecticut’s medical marijuana law in the workplace. Although medical marijuana use remains illegal under federal law,...more

Colorado Allows Firing of Employee Who Used Medical Marijuana

As more states jump on the medical marijuana bandwagon, employers are faced with increasing questions about how these changes in the law affect drug testing policies. The conventional wisdom has been that medical marijuana...more

Coats v. Dish Network, LLC: The Colorado Supreme Court Provides Added Certainty Regarding a Colorado Employee’s Use of Medical...

On Monday, June 15, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court, in a long-awaited decision in the Coats v. Dish Network, LLC, case, confirmed what actions employers may take against employees in Colorado who use medical marijuana...more

Even in Colorado, you can be fired for off-duty drug use

Remember this one about the employee fired for legal drug use? How about this one? It seems that we have been talking more about the impact of legal marijuana use on employment since 2012, when voters in Colorado and...more

Medical Marijuana in HUD-Assisted Properties: Update Since HUD’s January 2011 Memorandum

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) classifies marijuana as a Schedule I Controlled Substance, which recognizes no medical use. In January 2011, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued an...more

“State Of The Union” On Substance Abuse And The Workplace

Where are we these days with respect to mind-altering substances and the workplace? Here’s the latest, with the “substances” discussed in alphabetical order. This blog post is guaranteed accurate™ for at least the next five...more

Medical Marijuana Use and the ADA – A New Intersect

On behalf of your company, you hire a new employee. As part of the hiring process, the new employee must complete a satisfactory physical examination, including passing a drug test. During the physical exam, the new employee...more

Medical Marijuana Cards: A New Scarlet Letter? First-of-its-Kind Lawsuit in Rhode Island Claims that Employer Discriminated on...

A Rhode Island graduate student has filed a lawsuit against a textile company, alleging that it discriminated against her because she used medical marijuana. The complaint, filed by the local ACLU chapter on behalf of...more

Zero Tolerance for Marijuana Use by Employees: A Prescription for Litigation?

The dramatic inconsistency between federal and state law with regard to the use of marijuana may mean that employers with zero tolerance policies for marijuana use will face an increasing likelihood of litigation over the...more

Act Now Advisory: New York State's Medical Marijuana Law Gives Workplace Anti-Discrimination Protection

On July 7, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo publicly signed into law New York State's first marijuana legalization law—the Compassionate Care Act ("Act"). The Act (which was actually signed on July 5, 2014, after weeks of...more

New York State Legislature Approves Use of Medical Marijuana; Users to Be Considered "Disabled" Under State Human Rights Law

On June 20, 2014, the New York state legislature approved a bill that would allow patients to use marijuana for limited medical therapeutic purposes. Governor Cuomo is expected to sign the bill into law. The bill will not...more

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Law Will Cloud Employer Drug-Free Workplace Efforts

On May 29, 2014, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law legislation making Minnesota the 23rd jurisdiction to adopt a law authorizing the use of medical marijuana. The new Minnesota medical marijuana law (MML)...more

How Will Marijuana Legalization In Colorado & Washington Affect Employers?

Employers are not required to accommodate an employee’s current use of illegal drugs, including marijuana. Moreover, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, an employer can prohibit the illegal use of drugs (including...more

Employment Newsletter - January 2014: Employers Prevail Among the Haze of Growing Medical Marijuana Laws

On January 1, 2014, Illinois became the 21st jurisdiction since 1996 to enact legislation to decriminalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. The other jurisdictions are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado,...more

Labor Letter, December 2012: 2012 Employment Law Year In Review

The End of the World As We Know It? If you’re reading this after December 20, that means the Mayans got it wrong and the world isn’t going to end in 2012. That’s the good news. The bad news is that you still have to...more

Drug Testing Policies Up in Smoke?

We have been getting a lot of questions from employers about how employees' legal use of marijuana impacts an employer's ability to enforce its drug testing policy. Most of these questions were generated by the recent actions...more

Medical Marijuana and Work: Where We Stand Now

It’s been nearly two months since Connecticut’s “medical marijuana” law became effective. Yet many employers have been blissfully ignorant about what the law provides, perhaps because Connecticut does not yet have a...more

Marijuana Laws Liberalized in Colorado, Washington – But Effect on Workplace Policies Likely Small

The 2012 elections placed a number of marijuana initiatives before state voters around the United States, ranging from efforts to legalize the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes to further expansion of the...more

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