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Medical Marijuana Zero Tolerance Policies

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 -

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

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

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

“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

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Creates Employer Obligation to Accommodate Employees Using Medical Marijuana

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On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously held that an employee may pursue a disability discrimination claim under state law against her former employer for failing to accommodate the employee’s...more

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules That Employers May Need To Accommodate Off-Duty Medical Marijuana Use

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that an employer could be liable under the Massachusetts Anti-Discrimination Act for disability discrimination by declining employment based...more

Massachusetts Employers See Medical Marijuana Defense Go Up In Smoke - Supreme Judicial Court Ruling Requires Employers To Engage...

by Fisher Phillips on

The highest state court in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts issued a decision yesterday announcing that handicapped employees who have been prescribed medical marijuana may be entitled to a reasonable accommodation under the...more

New Florida Law Demonstrates Tension Between Medical Marijuana and Employer Drug Policies

Florida Governor Rick Scott recently signed into law a medical marijuana use bill that was prompted by a voter referendum that amended the Florida Constitution to provide certain patients the right to use marijuana for...more

Florida Enacts Law to Implement Provisions of its Medical Marijuana Amendment, but Significant Questions Remain for Employers

by FordHarrison on

Recently, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a bill intended to implement provisions of the medical marijuana constitutional amendment that was approved by Florida voters last November (Amendment 2). The new law...more

In The Weeds: Florida Lawmakers Provide Medical Marijuana Guidance For The Workplace

by Fisher Phillips on

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a medical marijuana bill into law on Friday that provides guidelines on the implementation of the state’s Constitutional Amendment regarding medical marijuana. The good news for employers:...more

Rhode Island Superior Court Rules on Job Applicant's Medical Marijuana Use

by Littler on

In a case of first impression in the state, the Rhode Island Superior Court recently ruled an employer is prohibited from refusing to hire a prospective employee because the employee would potentially fail a pre-employment...more

Marijuana For Everyone? Society’s Changing Attitude Reflected In Workplace Practices

by Fisher Phillips on

We’ve entered a new era of acceptance when it comes to the legally permitted use of marijuana. As of today, 28 states have legalized medical use of the drug, and eight states permit its recreational use. With over half of the...more

West Virginia Employers Soon to Enjoy Greater Flexibility in Drug Testing Employees, Despite Enactment of Nation’s 29th Medical...

by Littler on

The West Virginia Legislature recently passed two bills – the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act and the West Virginia Safer Workplace Act – that dramatically change the landscape of West Virginia’s laws on medical marijuana...more

Medical Marijuana Act Clouds the Rights of Employers to Establish and Enforce Marijuana Policies

Pennsylvania’s recently passed Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) has left employers dazed and confused about whether they may continue to enforce zero tolerance drug policies. The MMA, which provides qualifying patients with access...more

Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

With the growing list of states legalizing marijuana, are workplace drug policies up in smoke? As the new year begins, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota join the growing list of states that have legalized medical marijuana....more

Employment Law 2016 Review

by Barley Snyder on

Preparing for Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania - Marijuana legalization reached Pennsylvania in 2016, bringing with it a host of new questions employers are going to have to answer. Signed into law on April 17, the...more

What Does Florida's New Medical Marijuana Law Mean for Employers?

by FordHarrison on

As employers in Florida prepare for the new year, many may wonder how Florida’s new medical marijuana law will impact them. In the November 2016 election, Florida as well as Arkansas, North Dakota and Montana all approved...more

What Employers Need to Know About Florida's New Medical Marijuana Law

In addition to selecting a new President, Florida voters approved Amendment 2, which amends the Florida Constitution to legalize medical marijuana for use by individuals with specific debilitating medical conditions, as...more

Legalization of Medical Marijuana – Now what?

by Reminger Co., LPA on

Generally speaking, state marijuana laws fall into three categories: (1) legalization (laws that make the possession or use of marijuana legal); (2) marijuana decriminalization (laws that reduce criminal penalties for...more

How does Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana law compare to NJCUMMA?

Recently, I participated in a panel discussion for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Healthcare Summit. The discussion focused on the workplace implications of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law, which...more

Bartender, fired for smoking marijuana at work, loses human rights complaint

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A B.C. bartender has lost his human rights compliant after he was dismissed for smoking marijuana on shift. The bartender also served as assistant manager of the restaurant. The employer had a policy that prohibited...more

Employers Shielded as Ohio Legalizes Medical Marijuana

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s official – Ohio is the 26th state to legalize medical marijuana. Governor Kasich has signed House Bill 523, which becomes effective September 6, 2016. At that time, Ohioans can expect that residents with a qualifying...more

@Work: Your HR and Employment Law Update - June 2016

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With the Ohio Senate’s passage of House Bill 523 on May 25, 2016, Ohio is poised to become the nation’s 25th state to legalize medicinal marijuana. Although the proposed state law provides direction for employers, a new OSHA...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

“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

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