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Medical Marijuana Preemption

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 -

Maine Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Two Workers’ Compensation Matters Involving Old-age Social Security Offset and Medical...

by PretiFlaherty on

The Maine Supreme Court heard oral argument in two workers’ compensation cases on September 13, 2017. In Victor Urrutia v. Interstate Brands International, WCB 16-524, an Administrative Law Judge ordered that the employer...more

Connecticut Court’s First Decision on Medical Marijuana Use Discrimination Is a Buzzkill for Employers

Connecticut law allows the use of marijuana by qualified patients for medicinal purposes and expressly prohibits employers from taking adverse employment actions because of an individual’s status as a qualified medical...more

CT Medical Marijuana Law Protects Employees; Not Preempted By Federal Drug Laws

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Labor Day has come and gone. Summer is over. Can we all stop listening to Despacito now. (Please?) But it’s time to look at a decision that came out during the dog days of summer that might have been overlooked. A recent...more

Decision on medical marijuana and preemption holds lessons for Maine employers

by PretiFlaherty on

A U.S. district court recently held that federal law does not preempt the anti-discrimination provision in Connecticut’s medical marijuana law prohibiting employers from terminating or refusing to hire individuals based on...more

Connecticut Medical Marijuana Law Protects Employees and Is Not Preempted by Federal Drug Laws

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Ever since Connecticut allowed employees to obtain and use medical marijuana, employers have wondered whether, under certain circumstances, federal law would preempt the state law. A recent federal district court case has now...more

Federal Court Rules that Medical Marijuana User’s Claim Under State Law is Not Preempted by Federal Statutes

The United States District Court of the District of Connecticut became the first federal court to issue a ruling that federal law does not preempt a state law that expressly prohibits employers from firing or refusing to hire...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

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

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

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

Tenth Circuit Gives Landowner Green Light For Private Right Of Action Against Adjacent Marijuana Growers

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a recent ruling, the Tenth Circuit addresses multiple controversies where private citizens, sheriffs and county attorneys, and neighboring states brought several suits attempting to limit or interfere with Colorado’s...more

July Is the New January: Beware of Employment Regulations About to Take Effect

by Littler on

As we close out the first half of the year, July ushers in numerous changes in labor and employment law. Notably, many statutes and administrative regulations across the country become operative in July. Before the fireworks...more

WPI State of the States — Legislative Proposals Are Taking Root

by Littler on

As April showers turn into May flowers, measures proposed earlier this year in the state legislatures begin to take root. Significantly fewer generally applicable labor and employment bills were introduced in April, around 60...more

Impact of Marijuana on Maine Workers’ Compensation

by PretiFlaherty on

Marijuana use in the State of Maine has been in a state of flux over the past several years. The introduction of the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act, Maine Workers’ Compensation Appellate Division decisions, and a recent...more

California’s Bill to Add Marijuana Trademark and Service Mark Classifications

by Wilson Elser on

On December 12, 2016, Assembly Bill No. 64 (AB 64) was introduced to California’s legislature, with the stated purpose of (1) furthering the intent of the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), a...more

The silver lining in the DEA’s refusal to reclassify cannabis

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As far back as 2011, elected officials have sent letters to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration urging it to reclassify cannabis by removing it from the list of Schedule I controlled substances. After promising a...more

DEA Just Said No to Rescheduling Cannabis: Why It Matters

by Lane Powell PC on

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) recently denied a petition to initiate proceedings to reschedule cannabis under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Thus, Cannabis will remain a Schedule I substance under the CSA. ...more

The DEA Is Getting Past Just Saying No: Scientific Research Into Medical Uses of Marijuana Is a Bridge Toward a Policy Shift

by Lane Powell PC on

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)’s recent decision declining to reschedule cannabis is a step bridging the national discussion — a step toward a possible agreement on medical cannabis through scientific research. The...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

Court Declines to Prevent Merger of Washington Medical and Recreational Marijuana Markets

by Lane Powell PC on

Over the last year, the Washington state marijuana industry has anticipated the transition from an unregulated medical marijuana market to an integrated, medical-recreational market on July 1, 2016, under the Cannabis Patient...more

The Employment Law Authority - May/June 2016

The minimum salary threshold to qualify for the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will more than double on December 1, 2016, from $23,660 per year to $47,476 per...more

Recreational Cannabis — Section 280E and Tax Efficient Structuring

Recreational cannabis businesses operate in a world of conflicting state and federal laws. Several states have legalized recreational cannabis, yet, under federal law, cannabis remains an illegal Schedule I drug under the...more

The Challenges of the Evolving Marijuana Industry: Reconciling State Legislation with Federal Prohibition

Cultivation, production, distribution, or possession of marijuana is a federal criminal offense under the Controlled Substances Act (the CSA). Yet, despite federal prohibition, state-sanctioned marijuana industries have...more

Employment Practices Newsletter - February 2016

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In New Guidance, DOL Gets Aggressive on “Joint Employment” - By issuing a new interpretative document in January, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division attempted to clarify the concept of “joint...more

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