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Drug-Free Workplace Policies: The Impact the Legalization of Marijuana Has on Your Management Rights - On-Demand

Drug-Free Workplace Policies: The Impact the Legalization of Marijuana Has on Your Management Rights - On-Demand

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Drug-Free Workplace Policies: The Impact the Legalization of Marijuana Has on Your Management Rights - On-Demand

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WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn what laws apply, which states have legalized recreational or medicinal marijuana, how to balance the goal of a drug-free workplace with new rights vested in marijuana users, and where the tripwires lie.


More and more states are getting on the bandwagon and legalizing marijuana use for medical and/or recreational purposes (oftentimes both). Given this shift in the legal landscape on marijuana, employers may encounter more workplace issues as a result. And the law is far from settled, particularly given the Trump administration’s stated intention to tighten enforcement at the federal level, where the drug remains illegal. 

What’s legally acceptable and what’s prohibited if you want to test for and restrict marijuana usage or possession among applicants and employees? How do you balance employee rights and workplace safety? Can you legally limit the use of marijuana, as with alcohol, during or before work time? What drug tests can you administer? And if an employee has a certification for the use of medical marijuana, does the ADA bar you from restricting usage or disciplining the employee for use?

Don’t get caught in the compliance “weeds” concerning marijuana or opioids in the workplace. Use this on-demand webinar with a skilled labor and employment attorney who will guide you through the burning issues related to marijuana and other drug use, and enlighten you on what you legally can and cannot do to monitor your workplace and to keep it safe.

You’ll learn:

  • How to recognize which states have legalized marijuana for medicinal and/or recreational useThe practical implications of marijuana still being considered illegal—and a Schedule I drug—under federal law 
  • How to address off-duty usage of marijuana or opioids 
  • The latest move by the Trump administration to tighten enforcement around marijuana use and distribution and how that affects states and their laws
  • 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 nondiscrimination protections for marijuana users 
  • How medical marijuana laws interact with unemployment and workers’ comp
  • Whether medical marijuana or opioid usage may qualify as an ADA disability requiring reasonable accommodations
  • 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 or opioids 
  • The role of fitness-for-duty evaluations and best practices for workplace safety
  • And much more!


About Your Presenter

Peter LowePeter D. Lowe, Esq.
Brann & Isaacson

Peter D. Lowe is a Partner with Brann & Isaacson, a law firm in Lewiston and Portland, Maine.  He provides advice and counsel to clients on labor and employment law, education and municipal law, and corporate and public governance issues.  He serves as lead employment counsel for some of the premier employers in Maine, including L.L. Bean.

The focus of Lowe’s practice is providing legal counseling to clients who value his expertise to guide them when faced with a challenging situation.  His skills have been called upon to resolve many high profile and sensitive cases, and he understands the need to couple his legal advice with careful attention to the reputational and public relations implications of these difficult cases.

Since Maine legalized medical marijuana in 2009, and more recently recreational marijuana, Lowe has worked closely with management clients advising on workplace drug policies.  He has also spoken extensively in New England and nationally about the workplace issues arising from the legalization of marijuana.