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Fake Urine Ban Being Considered in Mississippi

The Mississippi Urine Trouble Act, sponsored by Republican State Representative Andy Gipson, would ban the sale or use of synthetic human urine for the purposes of defrauding a drug test, including one for employment. A box of fake urine can be purchased at truck stops and novelty shops throughout the state, often labeled fetish urine, […]

Does Workplace Drug Testing Work?

With marijuana becoming more widely accepted, some are questioning the need for workplace drug testing. Quest Diagnostics recently reviewed published research and articles to highlight key points, such as how people under the influence of drugs perform in their job duties, if drug use in increasing and the effectiveness of workplace drug testing. The Cannabis […]

Changing Marijuana Laws and the Opioid Crisis are Prompting Employer Action

Each year, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) holds a panel on state and national drug laws at its employment law and legislative conference. One attendee, an attorney at Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA, said he has become known as a pot lawyer thanks to the wave of marijuana laws and court precedent […]

California Cities Drop Thousands of Marijuana Convictions

San Francisco and San Diego are moving to erase thousands of marijuana convictions en masse, which could be life-changing for some and helpful, especially, to minorities. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said he aims to fix the harm that was done not only to the entire nation but specifically to communities of color. Nine […]

The True Cost of Marijuana Legalization

CNN Money recently reported that $18 billion in tax revenue could be created if marijuana were legalized nationwide. But the benefits both in terms of crime rates, health and revenue are under scrutiny. Bills on the federal level have been introduced in both the House and the Senate that would not only allow marijuana-focused businesses […]

Maine Employers Must Ignore Off-Work Marijuana Use, Cease Testing Applicants

This month, Maine has become the first jurisdiction in the nation to protect workers from adverse employment action based on their use of marijuana and marijuana products. The Question 1 An Act to Legalize Marijuana (The Act) was approved in November by Maine voters, which would permit the recreational use, retail sale and taxation of […]

Vermont Senate Passes Bill to Legalize Marijuana Use

Vermonts Senate passed a bill in early January to legalize recreational marijuana use, making this the first state to do so through the legislative process rather than a ballot imitative. Governor Phil Scott is expected to sign the bill, which passed the Democratic-controlled Senate by a voice vote. The bill will allow those 21 and […]

Employees Refusal to Take Drug Test Could Not Support Age and Gender Discrimination

A federal court in Massachusetts dismissed the age and gender discrimination claims of a long-term employee who was fired after he refused to take a reasonable suspicion drug test. The employee, who worked for FedEx for 22 years as a Business Development Sales Executive, was caught by his supervisor smoking marijuana in his car and […]

Employee Use of Marijuana: The Law is Hazy for Employers

The City of Atlanta passed an ordinance in the fall that decriminalized the possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. Individuals found with such small amounts will not be fined and face no jail time. Georgia enacted a law in 2017 that expanded the qualifying medical conditions for which cannabis oil may be used […]

Can You Still Fire a Pot-Smoking Employee in California?

It is important for both employers and employees to understand that the new laws permitting recreational marijuana use in California does not impact employers rights to maintain and enforce drug-free workplace policies and drug testing policies. Under federal law, marijuana remains a Schedule 1 drug that is prohibited under the Controlled Substances Act, and the […]

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