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 […]

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Employers Beware: The Gray Areas in Medical Marijuana Testing

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Medical marijuana has been legalized in more than a dozen states and is being debated in additional state legislatures nationwide. As a result, organizations are becoming exposed to an increasing number of employees and contingent workers that could be under the influence or using medical marijuana while on the job, putting the safety of the […]