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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 -

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - August 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Advising Clients Regarding Potentially Criminal Conduct – Assisting Clients in Connection with the Medical or Recreational Marijuana Industry - Rhode Island Ethics Advisory Panel Op. 2017-01 - Risk Management Issue: In...more

High Time for Massachusetts Employers to Consider a Marijuana Use Policy

by Murtha Cullina on

All employers should maintain an employee handbook or similar policy statement that clearly sets out the employer’s position on drug and alcohol use. While federal laws relating to marijuana possession and use have not...more

In the First Case of its Kind, Court Rules Federal Law Does Not Trump Employee Protections under State Medical Marijuana Law

by Littler on

Employers nationwide take note: if your workplace drug and alcohol-testing policies take a zero tolerance approach to medical marijuana because the use, distribution, or possession of marijuana is unlawful under federal law,...more

National Survey On Marijuana Laws And Regulations (Updated)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Legalized cannabis – for medical or recreational purposes – is a rapidly expanding industry in the United States, with various states, including California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New...more

Medical Marijuana Users Can Sue Their Employers

by Murtha Cullina on

In a case of first impression, a federal trial judge has found that, under Connecticut law, an employer can be sued for refusing to hire an applicant who tested positive for medical marijuana use. See Noffsinger v. SSC...more

Worth Another Look: Marijuana, Phase 2

In January of 2017, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top 10 issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. While we’re just over a quarter of the way...more

Zoning Hurdles for Budding Pennsylvania Cannabis Businesses

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act (Act 16) establishes three different categories of permits for operators: (1) grow/process permits, (2) dispensary permits, and (3) clinical registrant permits. A limited number of...more

Medical Marijuana 102: NYS Registered Organizations and Dispensaries

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

This blog post is the second in a series of articles discussing the current state of the law in New York regarding medical marijuana. To read the first post in the series, Medical Marijuana 101: The State of the Law in...more

Federal Law Does Not Preempt Connecticut Medical Marijuana Law Employment Discrimination Prohibition

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Federal law does not preempt the Connecticut medical marijuana statute’s prohibition on employers’ firing or refusing to hire qualified medical marijuana patients, even if they test positive on an employment-related drug...more

Financing California’s Cannabis Businesses: Public Banking Model as a State-Level Solution

by Wilson Elser on

The California Cannabis Banking Working Group (CBWG) is meeting this week to discuss the prospect of implementing a public banking model in California to facilitate access to financial services for marijuana-related...more

Food and Beverage Law Update: August 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Wage and Hour - Tenth Circuit Aligns with Cumbie on Tip Credits - In Marlow v. New Food Guy, Inc., No. 16-1134, 861 F. 3d 1157 (10th Cir. June 30, 2017), the court affirmed the district court's ruling, consistent with...more

Zero Tolerance Drug Testing Policies in the Age of Medical Marijuana

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Q:  My Company wants to institute a drug testing policy that would automatically disqualify an applicant for employment if they test positive for illegal drugs, including medically-prescribed marijuana. Is this legal?...more

Medical Marijuana on Campus: Barbuto's Impact on School Policies Banning Drug Use

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC that an employee's use of medical marijuana to treat a qualified disability may be a reasonable accommodation under...more

What Were They Smoking? Massachusetts Supreme Court Becomes First State Court to Find Employers Must Accommodate Use of Medical...

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

As the number of states legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes has steadily grown, employers have been anxiously asking whether they are required to accommodate the use of medical marijuana if the use is related...more

Update On Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Practitioner Registry

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A few weeks ago, I blogged about the establishment of the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program’s Practitioner Registry. As I noted there, having doctors registered and approved to certify patients as medical marijuana...more

Accommodating Medical Marijuana Users: A National Trend?

Marijuana is a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act, and the use, sale and possession of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. In recent years, however, a majority of states (at last count, 29...more

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Users Can Sue For Failure to Accommodate a Disability

by Clark Hill PLC on

In Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing (ASM), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled that employees can sue employers for failure to accommodate a disability if they are terminated or otherwise...more

“But My Doctor Said It Was Cool”: Florida’s New Medical Marijuana Bill and Employment Considerations

Last month, Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a medical marijuana use bill. This was the result of the overwhelming vote (71 percent) in favor of amending the Florida Constitution to allow medical marijuana use as...more

Another Employer’s Defense in Disability/Medical Marijuana Case Goes Up in Smoke

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Many states have approved the use of medical marijuana, despite the fact that the federal government continues to classify marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance. As a result there is a tension between state rights to...more

Mass. Court Clouds Marijuana in the Workplace Issues

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

A recent unanimous decision by the highest state court in Massachusetts sends a warning signal to employers in all states. Marijuana in the workplace is a complex and unsettled legal issue that will require all employers to...more

Pennsylvania Begins Physician Registration For Medical Marijuana

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As first reported on our sister blog, “In the Weeds”, on July 26, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health opened its Medical Marijuana Practitioner Registry. Physicians licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may...more

Senator Cory Booker Introduces The Marijuana Justice Act Of 2017

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On August 1, 2017, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Marijuana Justice Act of 2017. The bill, which Senator Booker first announced on Twitter and then described more fully on Facebook Live, aims to end the...more

July 2017: The Top 12 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. July was no different,...more

States Diverge on Employment Law Protections for Medical Marijuana Users

Several courts have held that employees are not protected from termination or other adverse employment action for medical marijuana use, even in cases where they hold a medical marijuana card under state law, when they test...more

State Begins Registering Doctors For Medical Marijuana Program

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

Physicians who want to be registered to prescribe medical marijuana in Pennsylvania can now sign up through the state Health Department. Officials say the first step for doctors is to complete a practitioner registry, an...more

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