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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 -

Chronic Dispute: What The Sessions Marijuana Memo Means For Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a one-page memorandum on December 4th, rescinding Obama-era guidance that had allowed states to legalize medical and recreational marijuana with marginal federal interference, eliminating...more

Sessions Changes the US DOJ’s Position on Prosecutorial Discretion Involving Marijuana in States Permitting Use – But is that a...

by Fisher Phillips on

As predicted by Politico, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and other sources, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions today rescinded the 2013 Cole Memorandum “Guidance Regarding Marijuana Enforcement,” which has...more

Not Up In Smoke: Employers Can Still Enforce Drug Policies

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California employers can still enforce their drug-free workplace policies and discharge employees who test positive for marijuana, despite the recreational marijuana laws that go into effect in January...more

DOT Notice Provides Guidance on How the Use of Medical Marijuana Will Affect Drug Testing Results

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

Typically, a drug test cannot be certified as positive until a Medical Review Officer (“MRO”) verifies the result. For drivers subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act, Department of Transportation Regulations state...more

Drug Free Workplaces in the Medical Marijuana Era

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

To date, twenty-nine states have legalized medical marijuana. As laws permitting medical marijuana use go into effect across the county, many employers are left wondering how these laws will impact their drug-free workplace...more

High Times? Medical Marijuana In The Classroom

by Fisher Phillips on

Medical marijuana first became legal in the U.S. more than 20 years ago when, in 1996, California passed its groundbreaking law. Since then, an increasing number of states have passed their own laws to allow the legal use of...more

AG’s Conflicting Marijuana Policy Comments Leave Some Dazed And Confused

by Fisher Phillips on

If you have been following recent comments by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an attempt to predict marijuana policy under the Trump Administration, you might be left scratching your head. In recent comments before...more

A “Smoky” Legal Issue for 2018 – Medical/Recreational Marijuana In the “Workplace”

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. However, there are many states, and a few cities, which have legalized medical and recreational marijuana – creating challenges for employers, as these laws “sprout up” (pun...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

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

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

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

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

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

Thinking Out Loud About Medical Marijuana And Reasonable Accommodation

(When I think out loud, beware.)- Ellen Kearns’ discussion of last week’s decision in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing, in which the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that employers may have to accommodate...more

Massachusetts’s Highest Court Rules that Employee Fired for Medical Marijuana Use Can Hold Employer Liable for Discrimination

by K&L Gates LLP on

In a groundbreaking decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) ruled recently week that employees in Massachusetts who have a legal prescription for medical marijuana can sue their employers for disability...more

Refusal To Hire Medical Pot Users Just Got Riskier–At Least In Rhode Island

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 23, 2017, in Callaghan v. Darlington Fabrics Co., a Rhode Island Superior Court issued a unique decision regarding employer obligations to medical marijuana users....more

Massachusetts Supreme Court Finds Medical Marijuana Users Protected from Adverse Employment Action

Beginning when the first states legalized use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes, employers began speculating whether legislatures and courts in those states would continue to permit employers to exclude...more

Massachusetts Top Court Permits Disability Discrimination Claim for Medicinal Cannabis

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) recently held in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales & Marketing, LLC that employees have a viable claim for disability discrimination under state law if they suffer an adverse employment...more

Medical Marijuana Usage Protected Under Massachusetts Handicap Discrimination Law

In Barbuto v. Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that an employer could be sued for handicap discrimination under state law for firing an employee who tested positive for...more

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