Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana refers to the use of marijuana to treat or alleviate symptoms of certain illnesses. A growing number of states permit individuals to use marijuana on the recommendation of a physician. Despite... more +
Medical Marijuana refers to the use of marijuana to treat or alleviate symptoms of certain illnesses. A growing number of states permit individuals to use marijuana on the recommendation of a physician. Despite state laws to the contrary, Federal law still prohibits the use or possession of marijuana. The conflict between state and federal law on this issue has created interesting enforcement issues and significant legal hurdles for medical marijuana providers.  less -
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The cannabis industry: how big will it get?

On November 17, the PBS affiliate in Chicago, WTTW, reported the Better Government Association had issued an investigative report on the medical marijuana application process in Illinois. While the “Chicago Tonight” program...more

Medical Marijuana And The Workplace — Another Lawsuit Filed

The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit alleging that Darlington Fabrics Corporation discriminated against a candidate for a paid intern position because the candidate, Christine Callaghan,...more

Michigan Court of Appeals Says Fired Medical Marijuana Users Can Collect Unemployment Benefits

On October 23, 2014, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled that employees discharged for having failed a drug test because of their medical marijuana use are not disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits....more

Don't Fear The Reefer, Oregon Employers: Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Will Not Impact Company Policies

On November 4, 2014, Oregon joined Colorado and Washington when voters approved a state initiative legalizing the recreational use of marijuana (Alaska passed a similar law the same day). As of July 1, 2015, it will no longer...more

Florida's Amendment 2 Did Not Pass – What's Next?

Is any form of medical marijuana legal in the State of Florida? Yes – In June 2014, Governor Scott signed into law The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, known as the Charlotte's Web law. Unlike Amendment 2, the...more

Florida’s Medical Marijuana Amendment Defeated, but Zoning Issues Loom for Charlotte’s Web Law

In our previous post about the legal challenges that have been raised in the wake of the State of Florida’s establishment of selection rules for the issuance of licenses for growing and selling medical marijuana pursuant to...more

Alaska Passes Initiative to Legalize Recreational Use of Marijuana—What Does that Mean for Employers?

Alaska voted on Nov. 4, 2014, to decriminalize possession, use, display, purchase, and transport of marijuana. Alaska has now joined Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. in legalizing recreational marijuana use....more

Medical Marijuana: What Happens in Bankruptcy (Not Much)

In re Arenas, 514 B.R. 887 (Bankr. D. Colo. 2014) – The U.S. trustee sought to dismiss “for cause” a chapter 7 case filed by a marijuana grower and his wife. The debtors countered by moving to convert to a chapter 13...more

Court OKs Unemployment Benefits for Some Michigan Medical Marijuana Users

An employee who has a registration identification card issued under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA) may collect unemployment benefits if he is fired for a positive marijuana test, the Michigan Court of Appeals...more

Can State Medical Marijuana Laws Trump Employer Rights?

Currently, 23 states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana laws which allow a lawful level of marijuana use. One question which comes up often in such states is whether an employer can lawfully terminate an...more

Marijuana Users in Michigan Eligible for Unemployment

Medicinal marijuana users in Michigan who are lawfully terminated by their employer for failing a drug test are, according to the Michigan Court of Appeals, entitled to receive unemployment benefits....more

Don’t Bogart That Medical Marijuana, My Caregiver.

On October 21, 2014, the Court of Appeals concluded that Arizona’s Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) does not give an authorized medical marijuana user immunity from prosecution when he drives under the influence. A.R.S. §...more

Proponents of Florida's Medical Marijuana Amendment Have High Hopes But Will Its Passing Affect Your Workplace Policies?

If voters approve the ballot initiative "Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions" ("Amendment 2") this November, Florida will become the 24th state plus Washington D.C. to legalize medical marijuana. Amendment 2 would...more

Colorado Supreme Court Set To Decide Seminal Drug Testing Case

As reported by Joe Palazzolo of the Wall Street Journal (subscription required), Colorado’s Supreme Court recently heard arguments on whether an employer can lawfully terminate an employee for off-the-job use of medical...more

The Legalization of Medical Marijuana Could Have a Significant Impact on the Workplace

On July 5, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act, making New York the twenty-third state to legalize medical marijuana. This new law creates a medical marijuana program for individuals suffering from certain...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - October 2014

In this Issue: - High Court Considers If Workers Waiting in Line Should Get Paid - Some States Putting Minimum Wage Battle on Ballot - U.S. Labor Department Promoting Paid Maternity Leave - EEOC...more

Medical Marijuana Authorized for All Probationers #Marijuana-Attorney

In a case of first impression, Division 2 of the Arizona Court of Appeals recently decided that a person on probation could use medical marijuana so long as that use was compliant with the guidelines established by the...more

Up in Smoke: The Effect of Legalized Marijuana on Employer Policies

So far, 23 states have legalized medical marijuana and in two states, Colorado and Washington, it is legal to possess small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. Let’s take a look at Washington’s recreational-use law and...more

Colorado Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Medical Marijuana/Discharge Case

Brandon Coats was partially paralyzed in a car crash as a teenager, using a wheelchair, and has been a medical marijuana patient since 2010 when he discovered that using pot helped calm violent seizures and muscle spasms....more

Is THC “Lawful” in Colorado?

The Colorado Supreme Court heard oral argument this morning in Coats v. Dish Network, LLC, 13SC394. The central issue in the case is whether the Colorado Lawful Activities Statute includes federal law. The Lawful Activities...more

NYS Department of Health Developing Regulations Governing Use of Medical Marijuana for Official Launch in January 2016

As one of its final acts of the 2014 legislative session, the New York State Legislature passed the “Compassionate Care Act” making New York the twenty-third state to permit the use of medical marijuana. This new law will...more

Mounting Legal Challenges to Medical Marijuana Regulations

Last week the Department of Health received legal challenges from nurseries Costa Farms and Plants of Ruskin Inc., and the Florida Medical Cannabis Association, to its proposed rule for selecting the nurseries that will...more

Medical Cannabis Implications for Employers in Minnesota

On May 29, 2014, Minnesota signed into law Minnesota’s medical cannabis bill (SF No. 2470), which passed the House 89-to-40 and the Senate 46-to-16. The law establishes a registry program for Minnesota residents to legally...more

Marijuana Use For Alleged Depression and Anxiety Can Still Get You Fired In Florida

There can be no doubt that Americans' views on the legality of marijuana use for both medicinal and recreational purposes has shifted over the past few years. A recent survey conducted by Fextel, Inc. and StPetePolls.org...more

The Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program: Accepting Applications

Between September 2014 and December 2014, the Illinois Department of Public Health will be accepting applications from patients and caregivers to become part of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program ("Pilot Program"),...more

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