Medical marijuana

Do Employee Protections for Marijuana Use Exist Under the Law?

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Many employers in the United States are struggling to respond to an ever-changing legal framework surrounding marijuana use. As more state populations and legislatures consider and approve the medical—and, in the case of Colorado and Washington, the recreational—use of marijuana, the fundamental question for many organizations is: do we need to accommodate our employees’ ability […]

Colorado’s Marijuana “Legalization” Amendment Task Force OKs Recommendation to Permit Employers to Terminate Employees for Off-Duty Marijuana Use

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By Chris Leh On February 5, 2013, a task force convened by Colorado’s governor to address issues arising out of Amendment 64, a state constitutional amendment that purports to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by adults in Colorado, recommended that “employers may maintain, create new, or modify existing policies in response to the passage” of the […]

Marijuana Laws Liberalized in Colorado, Washington, But Effect on Workplace Policies Likely Small

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The 2012 elections placed a number of marijuana initiatives before state voters around the United States, ranging from efforts to legalize the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes to further expansion of the “medical marijuana” laws that currently exist in 17 states and the District of Columbia. Voters in Colorado and Washington passed […]

Varying Medical Marijuana Regulations Create Complexities for Drug-Free Workplace Policies

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When an organization addresses medical marijuana in its drug-free workplace policy, it must carefully consider both state and federal regulations. However, regulations vary widely from state to state and often state regulations directly contradict federal law which makes addressing medical marijuana in a drug-free workplace policy complex. Additionally, employers that have workers in multiple states […]