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Medical marijuana and the workplace

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP | USA | September 8 2010

More often than not, our courts have trouble keeping pace with advances in science and technology.

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Minnesota medical marijuana law will cloud employer drug-free workplace efforts

Littler Mendelson | USA | June 2 2014

On May 29, 2014, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law legislation making Minnesota the 23rd jurisdiction to adopt a law authorizing the use

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What does the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Act mean for employers?

Greenberg Traurig LLP | USA | May 16 2013

Massachusetts recently became one of a number of states to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Regulations issued by the

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Employers prevail among the haze of growing medical marijuana laws

Wilson Elser | USA | January 31 2014

On January 1, 2014, Illinois became the twenty-first jurisdiction since 1996 to enact legislation to decriminalize the use of marijuana for medical

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New Jersey’s new medical marijuana law has important implications for employers

Fox Rothschild LLP | USA | February 28 2010

On January 18, 2010, New Jersey joined more than a dozen other states in legalizing the medical use of marijuana.

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Employment law commentary, February 2015

Morrison & Foerster LLP | Germany, USA | March 3 2015

With the recent increase in the number of states that have “legalized” or decriminalized some form of marijuana use, more and more employers have

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Zero tolerance for marijuana use by employees: a prescription for litigation?

Ford & Harrison LLP | USA | December 2 2014

The dramatic inconsistency between federal and state law with regard to the use of marijuana may mean that employers with zero

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New Jersey employers face new questions over employee marijuana use

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP | USA | January 13 2010

On January 11, the New Jersey Legislature passed the "Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act" (the Act), making New Jersey the fourteenth state to permit regulated use of medical marijuana.

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Marijuana and the workplace: a potpourri of conflicting laws for employers

Locke Lord LLP | USA | January 21 2014

20 states and the District of Columbia have decriminalized possession of marijuana for medical use, and for recreational use as well in Washington

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Arizona's new law creates havoc for employers of medical marijuana users

Sherman & Howard LLC | USA | December 21 2010

With its recent passage of Proposition 203, the Medical Marijuana Act ("MMA"), Arizona has joined 15 other states and the District of Columbia in providing an affirmative defense to criminal prosecution for individuals making medical use of marijuana.

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Employer liability under state medical marijuana laws

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP | USA | August 15 2013

Across the country, employers in states allowing medical marijuana use have been grappling with whether these statutes impact employer policies

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Medical marijuana legalized in Illinois

Jackson Lewis PC | USA | November 1 2013

On January 1, 2014, Illinois will become the 20th state in the nation to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. Illinois' governor signed the

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Amendment 64: how do employers address the legalization of marijuana in Colorado?

Sherman & Howard LLC | USA | November 12 2012

On Election Day 2012, Colorado voters approved Amendment 64 legalizing marijuana by 54.7 of the popular vote.

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Connecticut legalizes medical marijuana use, places limits on employers

Littler Mendelson | USA | June 11 2012

Beginning on October 1, 2012, Connecticut residents will be able to smoke marijuana to alleviate symptoms of a debilitating medical condition without fear of arrest or prosecution by Connecticut authorities, or adverse employment action by employers in the state.

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It's high times for employers: the Sixth Circuit holds Michigan employers can say nope to dope

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP | USA | October 2 2012

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled in Casias v. Wal-Mart Stores, that the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act ("MMMA") does not regulate private employment and, therefore, did not protect Joseph Casias, a Wal-Mart worker authorized to use marijuana for medical reasons, from being fired after he failed a drug test.

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New York State's medical marijuana law gives workplace anti-discrimination protection

Epstein Becker Green | USA | August 1 2014

On July 7, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo publicly signed into law New York State's first marijuana legalization lawthe Compassionate Care Act

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Nevada medical marijuana reasonable accommodation by employers may be required

Holland & Hart LLP | USA | April 23 2014

Stoned employees. Positive drug tests. Nevada employers don't need to accommodate employees who use medical marijuana, right? Not exactly. As of

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Marijuana laws liberalized in Colorado, Washington but effect on workplace policies likely small

Littler Mendelson | USA | November 8 2012

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.

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Reefer madness: impact of emerging marijuana Rrgulations on retailers’ policies

Jackson Lewis PC | USA | December 12 2012

Retail employers may find themselves dazed and confused by the cloud of legislation legalizing marijuana.

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Arizona's medical marijuana law raises concerns for employers

Ballard Spahr LLP | USA | November 23 2010

Arizona voters recently approved Proposition 203, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, making Arizona the 15th state to have an approved medical marijuana law.

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Illinois’ new medical marijuana law: strategies for the coming months

Quarles & Brady LLP | USA | February 17 2014

Illinois' medical marijuana law became effective January 1, 2014. The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act protects qualified

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Proponents of Florida's medical marijuana amendment have high hopes but will its passing affect your workplace policies?

Ford & Harrison LLP | USA | October 24 2014

If voters approve the ballot initiative "Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions" ("Amendment 2") this November, Florida

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Up in smoke: Arizona's medical marijuana law creates new workplace protected class

Fisher & Phillips LLP | USA | November 16 2010

In the final vote tally completed nearly two weeks after the close of the election polls, Arizona's medical marijuana law passed by a margin of just over 4,000 votes.

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What should employers know about the recently-passed Arizona law legalizing medical marijuana?

Lewis Roca Rothgerber | USA | November 18 2010

This month, Arizona voters passed Proposition 203, an initiative legalizing the use of medical marijuana.

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Mixed messages in medical marijuana laws

LeClairRyan | USA | January 30 2013

In our Fall 2012 LeClairRyan Labor & Employment Law Newsbrief, we talked about employer rights with regard to drug testing under the Americans With

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Stirring the pot: workplace drug policy implementation in the era of legalized medicinal and recreational marijuana

Clark Hill plc | USA | January 31 2014

In a wave of change that children of the 1960s only dreamed, debated and theorized about, almost half of the states in the United States have now

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Anti-discrimination provisions in state medical marijuana laws raise additional considerations for workplace drug testing

Hunton & Williams LLP | USA | January 22 2015

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws which decriminalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Under those

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Washington employers claim victory in medical marijuana battle

Fisher & Phillips LLP | USA | June 13 2011

On June 9, 2011, the Washington Supreme Court handed employers a comprehensive victory in the long-running medical marijuana battle, deciding that employers need not accommodate an employee's use of medical marijuana, and that employees terminated for medical marijuana use even offsite use have no basis to sue their employers.

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Reefer madness: impact of emerging marijuana regulations on retail employment policies

Jackson Lewis PC | USA | February 14 2013

Recently, retail employers may find themselves dazed and confused amidst the billowing cloud of legislation legalizing marijuana. This November

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Patient registrations for medical marijuana use begin in New Jersey

Duane Morris LLP | USA | August 29 2012

Since it now appears that patients will soon be able to obtain medical marijuana in New Jersey, employers should consider how and whether they will accommodate offsite employee use of marijuana

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Medical marijuana and zero tolerance drug testing policies remain an issue for employers

Stoel Rives LLP | USA | March 8 2011

Employers and the courts continue to wrestle with issues involving "zero tolerance" drug testing policies and whether employers must accommodate medical marijuana use by their employees.

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Legal landscape and guidance for companies involved in marijuana activity

Holland & Knight LLP | USA | July 24 2014

Many states now permit the use of marijuana for medical or recreational purposes and the federal government has revised certain enforcement policies

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New York legalizes use of medical marijuana

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP | USA | September 26 2014

In the June issue of the Employer Express, we covered Minnesota's legalization of medical marijuana. Joining the ranks of states permitting the use

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Empire State high: New York joins ranks of states legalizing medical marijuana use. But what does this mean for employers?

Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC | USA | August 18 2014

New York's Compassionate Care Act, enacted on July 7, 2014, places New York in the company of 22 other states and the District of Columbia who permit

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Holy smoke! Medical marijuana about to become legal in Illinois

Much Shelist PC | USA | December 17 2013

On January 1, 2014, usage of marijuana for medicinal purposes will become legal in Illinois. The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program

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Medical marijuana in the workplace

Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | November 11 2011

The Hospitality Lawg would like to thank Holli Hartman for submitting this post.

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Medical marijuana requires review of employment policies

Quarles & Brady LLP | USA | November 22 2010

With the passage of Proposition 203, Arizona became the 15th state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.

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Massachusetts legalizes the medical use of marijuana

Jackson Lewis PC | USA | December 7 2012

Making the state the 18th to legalize the medical use of marijuana, Massachusetts voters have approved a ballot question allowing the medical use of marijuana for patients with certain debilitating illnesses

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Arizona employers in haze about effects of medical marijuana in the workplace

Steptoe & Johnson LLP | USA | January 3 2011

On November 9, 2010, Arizona voters passed the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act ("AMMA").

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Employer who terminated applicant for disclosing medical marijuana use faces lawsuit

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP | USA | December 5 2014

Currently, 23 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws legalizing medical marijuana. In the face of this trend of legalization

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Newly approved N.J. medical marijuana bill raises employment issues

Ballard Spahr LLP | USA | January 12 2010

The bill passed by the New Jersey Legislature yesterday that legalizes marijuana use by patients with certain chronic illnesses is likely to significantly impact employers in the state.

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Arizona legislature passes law protecting employers from medical marijuana claims; governor expected to sign bill into law

Greenberg Traurig LLP | USA | April 20 2011

It is only right and fitting that we write again about medical marijuana on April 20.

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Labor & employment law alert - Illinois medical marijuana bill signed, implicates employment relationship

Barnes & Thornburg LLP | USA | August 5 2013

Illinois became the 20th state in the U.S. to legalize medical marijuana with Governor Pat Quinn's signing of the legislation. The Act, called the

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Colorado Court of Appeals issues employer-friendly decision in medical marijuana case

Ogletree Deakins | USA | September 19 2011

The Colorado Court of Appeals recently issued an important decision that sheds some light on the murky intersection between medical marijuana use and employment law.

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Zero-tolerance policies still acceptable despite legalization of medical marijuana

Day Pitney LLP | USA | January 4 2013

New Jersey’s Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (the “Act”) legalizes marijuana for medicinal use where individuals suffer from a “debilitating

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New employee protections under the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act

Greenberg Traurig LLP | USA | November 23 2010

If your company employs an individual who moonlights on the weekend as a volunteer at the new medical marijuana dispensary, can that individual be terminated for that reason?

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Legalized marijuana and the workplace: preparing for the trend

Baker & Hostetler LLP | USA | November 13 2012

As the smoke from the 2012 election dissipates, one clear winner has emerged: marijuana.

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Illinois' medical marijuana law

Vedder Price PC | USA | November 15 2013

On August 1, 2013, Illinois joined a growing list of statesnow 20allowing the use of medical marijuana when Governor Pat Quinn signed

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New York legislative developments: wage theft law amended, medical marijuana law enacted

Jackson Lewis PC | USA | July 8 2014

Concluding its 2014 legislative session, the New York Legislature has passed amendments to the Wage Theft Protection Act and new medical marijuana

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