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Medical and Recreational Marijuana at Work: Multi-State Updates for Mastering Emerging Compliance Obligations

Medical and Recreational Marijuana at Work: Multi-State Updates for Mastering Emerging Compliance Obligations

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Medical and Recreational Marijuana at Work: Multi-State Updates for Mastering Emerging Compliance Obligations

Live Webinar: Wednesday, June 14, 2017

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific


WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn how to master enforcement of conduct- and drug-test based policies, and keep your workplace safe when your employees use medical and recreational marijuana.


 

More people are using marijuana these days, according to a recent Gallup poll. The survey reveals that 43 percent of adults nationwide have tried cannabis. Thirteen percent of respondents said they currently use it, and more than half of Americans favor the legalization of marijuana, the news outlet reported.

The newly released Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ also reveals that drug use among American workers has reached the highest level in 12 years. The findings came from analyzing 10 million workers’ employment-related drug tests.

Given the uptick, employers nationwide are left struggling to fully understand how recently passed state laws legalizing recreational marijuana possession and usage and other state laws authorizing the use of medical marijuana impact what they can and can’t do to monitor and restrict cannabis usage or possession among their employees.

While marijuana is still illegal under federal law, 28 states have passed legislation giving medical marijuana usage the green light. Eight states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana. And, several states have enacted laws making the possession of small amounts of the drug a civil, not criminal, offense. How does the evolving legal landscape concerning medical and recreational marijuana affect employment policies on drug testing and off-duty conduct?

Don’t wind up in the compliance “weeds.” Join us on June 14 for an in-depth webinar addressing these issues and more.

You’ll learn:

  • The changing legal landscape—where and when medical marijuana and recreational marijuana are legal in states around the country and the District of Columbia
  • The position the Trump Administration is likely to take on the Controlled Substances Act, which lists marijuana as a Schedule I drug along with heroin, LSD, and other potent drugs
  • Best practices for federal contractors to follow with respect to drug testing and usage to ensure they don’t lose federal funding
  • Which state laws explicitly include employee non-discrimination protections and which likely don’t
  • Addressing the off-duty use of marijuana
  • How medical marijuana laws interact with unemployment and workers’ compensation-related benefits
  • Whether medical marijuana usage may qualify as a reasonable ADA accommodation
  • How to develop and manage drug-testing policies and practices in light of the current legal landscape
  • What to do if an employee tests positive for marijuana usage
  • The role of fitness for duty evaluations, and best practices for workplace safety

 

About Your Presenter:

Peter Lowe, EsqPeter Lowe, Esq.
Partner
Brann & Isaacson

Peter D. Lowe, a partner with Brann & Isaacson and the editor of the Maine Employment Law Letter, provides advice and counsel to clients on labor and employment law and education law. He serves as lead labor and employment counsel for some of the premier employers in Maine, including L.L. Bean, Inc. Since Maine legalized medical marijuana, Peter has become a recognized authority on the legal issues arising from workplace impairment, with a particular focus on both medical and recreational marijuana. He has given numerous presentations and written many articles on this topic.

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