Park Avenue Presentations

Cannabis in the Workplace: What Can an Employer Do?

Duration: 90 minutes

Speaker: Dr. Jim Castagnera, Esq.


Webinar Description

President Biden has indicated that he is in favor of decriminalizing the use of marijuana and amending the federal Controlled Substances Act to change the classification of marijuana from a Schedule 1 to a far less serious Schedule 2 drug. The House of Representatives has passed the Marijuana Opportunity Reinstatement and Expungement Act (MORE) which legalizes the use of marijuana and expunges the records of people who have been convicted for using marijuana.

Despite all this activity at the federal level, the real movement to legalize the use of marijuana is at the state level. Approximately 70 percent of the states and the District of Columbia have already enacted legislation legalizing the use of marijuana for medical reasons. And of these 35 states, nearly 45 percent also have laws permitting the use of marijuana for recreational purposes.

The unmistakable trend is towards the full legalization of cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes. In many states this is already the law. This leaves employers wondering just how much control over their employees they really have when it comes to controlling the use of marijuana by their workers both at work and when they are off duty.

Employers have questions. For example, in states where cannabis is legal, can job applicants and current employees be tested for drugs? What can an employer do if an employee is high while at work? What changes in policies are required to reflect these new workplace realities? Is permitting the use of pot at work a reasonable workplace accommodation? So many unanswered questions.

Please join Dr. Jim Castagnera, an experienced employment law attorney, when he unravels the confusion surrounding the legalization of marijuana and its permitted uses in the workplace. He’ll discuss the findings of recent case law and offer employers guidance for how to maintain control of their workplaces while recognizing that the rights of employees to use marijuana both at work and after work are changing rapidly across the nation.





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