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Labour and Employment Alert: Taking the High Road: the Federal Framework and Preparing for the Legalization of Marijuana

by Field Law on

On April 13, 2017, the federal government tabled two new cannabis related bills before Parliament, Bill C-45: An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts...more

Florida Medical Marijuana Law Will Take Effect January 2017

by Roetzel & Andress on

Florida voters passed a new medical marijuana law, Amendment 2, on November 8, 2016. Florida joins 27 other states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam in allowing public medical marijuana programs. The new law...more

DEA Rejects Petitions Seeking to Reschedule Marijuana

by Morgan Lewis on

The long-awaited decision maintains the illegal status of marijuana under federal law. On August 12, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), despite much speculation to the contrary, published in the Federal Register its...more

Medical Marijuana and an Employer’s Rights in DC, Maryland, and Virginia

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

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

Haze Lifting on Employer's Rights and Medical Marijuana

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The fast expansion of the medical marijuana movement has brought with it growing confusion on the line between a workers' rights to take advantage of the rights afforded by these state statutes and an employer's right to...more

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

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

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

Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Firing For Medical Marijuana Use

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In a closely watched case, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that an employer could lawfully terminate an employee who tested positive for marijuana in a random drug test, even though the employee’s use of marijuana was...more

Colorado Medical Marijuana Case is Not as Far-Reaching as Expected

On June 15, 2015, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision in Coats v. Dish Network. In a unanimous decision, the court in Coats upheld the termination of an employee who failed a random drug test...more

Colorado Supreme Court Plays Debbie Downer for Medical Pot Users

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The wait is finally over. Employers in Colorado – and in other states with similar lifestyle laws – can breathe a sigh of relief following a recent ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court. In Coats v. Dish Network, a...more

Colorado Supreme Court Okays Discharge of Medical Marijuana-Using Employee

Colorado, like some other states including New York, has a law that generally prohibits an employer from discharging an employee for engaging in lawful activities outside of work. Earlier this week, in Coats v. Dish Network,...more

It’s Not All “High” in the Rockies – Colorado Supreme Court Finds That Employees Can Be Fired For Use of Medical Marijuana

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

As more states legalize medical marijuana and consider legalization of “recreational” marijuana, many employers have wrestled with the question of whether they can still maintain a drug free workplace or must allow employees...more

Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Termination of Medical Marijuana User - A Trend Is Beginning for Courts to Permit Employers to...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Coats v. Dish Network, the Colorado Supreme Court held that the state’s “lawful activities” statute did not limit the right of an employer to discharge an employee for the employee’s lawful (under Colorado law) use of...more

Colorado High Court Finds Smoking Medical Marijuana a Drag on Employment

by Miller Canfield on

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled that an employee who uses medicinal marijuana at home during non-working hours can be discharged for failing a drug test. While application may be limited by its heavy reliance on Colorado...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

Colorado Supreme Court Beats the Reefer

In a closely watched case involving legal protections for medical marijuana users, the Colorado Supreme Court decided yesterday that the state’s “lawful products” statute does not apply to activities that violate federal law....more

Colorado Supreme Court Confirms Medical Marijuana Use Is Not Protected by Colorado's Lawful Activities Statute

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On June 15, 2015, in a highly anticipated but not unexpected decision, the Colorado Supreme Court held that medical marijuana use, which is unlawful under federal law, is not a “lawful activity” under Colorado’s lawful...more

Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Firing Over Off-Duty Medical Marijuana Use

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

An employer did not act unlawfully when it fired a quadriplegic worker who used medical marijuana while off duty, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled today in a 6-0 decision. Affirming the April 2013 decision of the Colorado...more

Dazed But Slightly Less Confused: Employer's Drug Testing Policy Prevails In Termination Challenge

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Dazed But Slightly Less Confused: Employer's Drug Testing Policy Prevails In Termination Challenge - If you are in one of the twenty-three (and counting) states which permits the medically authorized use of marijuana,...more

Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Employers’ Right to Terminate for Use of Medical Marijuana During Nonworking Hours

by Wilson Elser on

On June 15, 2015, in Coats v. Dish Network, No. 13SC394, the Colorado Supreme Court unanimously held under the plain language of C.R.S. § 24-34-402.5, Colorado’s “lawful activities statute,” that the term “lawful” refers only...more

Colorado Supreme Court Upholds Firing of Medical Marijuana User

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled today in a 6-0 decision that Colorado’s “lawful activities statute,” which provides protections to employees who engage in lawful off-duty conduct, only applies to conduct that is lawful under...more

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Are Now Operating in Arizona

by Littler on

On December 3, 2012, an Arizona Superior Court judge issued an order holding that the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) does not preempt the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act. Three days later, the first medical marijuana...more

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