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Getting Out of the Weeds: What Employers Need to Know About Marijuana in the Workplace

1h 31m

Created on April 20, 2016



Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana, yet the drug remains classified as a Schedule I illegal substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act. This dichotomy has left employers with many questions about how to safeguard their workplace and enforce drug-free policies without running afoul of applicable laws. 


Join Nathaniel Glasser and Valerie Butera of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. for a session discussing the effect of state legalization laws on drug testing, drug-free workplace policies, and the discipline and accommodation of marijuana users. After viewing the program, attendees will be prepared for the impact of these laws on workplace policies and will receive effective strategies for dealing with the changing landscape.  


Learning Objectives:

I.     Understand the various protections provided by state legalization laws, including decriminalization, nondiscrimination, and accommodation

II.    Identify current federal enforcement priorities under the Controlled Substances Act

III.   Discuss the effect of state legalization laws on drug-free workplace policies

IV.   Explore whether employers must accommodate an employee’s use of medical marijuana

V.    Know how to respond to increasing numbers of pre-employment and on-the-job positive test results for marijuana

VI.   Recognize elevated hazards presented by marijuana use by employees required to operate motor vehicles

VII.  Address OSHA’s recommendations for dealing with employees who use marijuana

VIII. Propose strategies for dealing with inherent conflicts in state and federal law


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