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Iowa Employers Need to Be Ready for Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana manufacturers and dispensaries in Iowa must be ready to put their products on sale by December 1, meaning you need to understand the implications of the state’s medical marijuana law on your drug-free-workplace policies.

Voters in 4 States Weigh in On Medical, Recreational Marijuana

Voters in four states took up the issue of marijuana use when they went to the polls November 6, and the results will have an impact on employers. In two states—Missouri and Utah—voters approved measures to allow medical use of marijuana. Voters in two other states—Michigan and North Dakota—voted on recreational use of marijuana, with […]

Massachusetts ruling opens door to discrimination suits over medical marijuana

by Erica E. Flores A new ruling from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court should be a warning to employers in the state that refuse to tolerate medical marijuana use by employees with a disability. On July 17, the state high court ruled in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales & Marketing, LLC, that an employee who was […]

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Think your drug policy is sound? Better factor in changing marijuana laws

Not so many years ago employers emphasized the importance of drug-free workplace policies—policies that often included zero-tolerance provisions. But as marijuana laws have undergone significant change in recent years, it’s time to give a second look to policies that may not have been updated in years.  Peter Lowe, an attorney with Brann & Isaacson in […]

Taking the high road: Marijuana at work could trigger obligations to question

by Cory Sully While access to medical marijuana has increased in Canada over the last few years, the consumption of medical marijuana has arguably become less taboo with the new Trudeau government’s pledge to eventually legalize and regulate this substance. In the summer of 2016, the government made the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes […]

Legal haze: accommodating employees who use medical marijuana

by Kyla Stott-Jess One of the hot topics discussed during the recent Canadian federal election was the possible legalization of marijuana. The Liberal Party, which won the election, took a position in favor of legalization as part of its platform. As the country waits to see whether the new government will put forward legislation to […]

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Drug tests, marijuana use, and the EEOC

by Burton J. Fishman Employers are beginning to comprehend how the widespread availability of medical marijuana will affect the workplace. Newly garbed with medical justification, more workers are claiming a “right” to use marijuana at work. Employers, confronted with a note from the ever-more- aptly-named “Dr. Feelgood” authorizing employees’ use of the drug, are often […]

Minnesota employers need to be ready for medical marijuana by July 1

by Laurie Jirak Distribution of medical marijuana in Minnesota is set to begin July 1, so employers need to understand their rights and responsibilities under the state’s new medical marijuana law. Confusion may arise because employers are subject to both federal and state laws that may impose different standards or requirements on workplace medical marijuana […]

Firing employee for off-duty marijuana use legal, says Colorado Supreme Court

by Emily Hobbs-Wright In a nationally awaited decision, the Colorado Supreme Court has upheld an employer’s termination of an employee who tested positive for marijuana because of his off-duty, off-premises marijuana use. The court issued a narrow decision on June 15 in Coats v. Dish Network, LLC. It turned on the fact that marijuana use […]

Oh [no], Canada!

Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past couple of weeks, you’ve probably heard about Toronto’s crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford. No, I don’t mean that term in the figurative sense or as a commentary on some outlandish political policy he has chosen to pursue. I mean it quite literally, as Rob Ford admitted in […]