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Marijuana and Employer Outcomes – Update May 1, 2021

Even though marijuana remains a Schedule 1 drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act, laws across the country easing restrictions of the drug’s use could lead to federal changes, as well. It is important for employers to remain aware of state laws when hiring or promoting current workers and must consider how these regulations affect […]


New Marijuana Laws in New Mexico and Virginia

Effective in late June 2021, the New Mexico recreational marijuana law permits employers to take adverse employment actions for the possession or use of marijuana at work or during work hours. In addition, it also permits zero-tolerance policies that impose discipline or termination for a positive marijuana test result indicating any amount of THC. In […]


Drug Testing Guidance After COVID-19

The increase in people working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic has also led to an increased amount of cannabis consumption. In some states where marijuana is legal, dispensaries are even considered “essential” and have remained open throughout the shutdown. But all of this had led to confusion when it comes to pre-employment drug […]


New Marijuana Laws in New Mexico and Virginia

Effective in late June 2021, the New Mexico recreational marijuana law permits employers to take adverse employment actions for the possession or use of marijuana at work or during work hours. In addition, it also permits zero-tolerance policies that impose discipline or termination for a positive marijuana test result indicating any amount of THC. In […]


New Mexico Just Legalized Marijuana

A marijuana legalization bill was signed into law in New Mexico, which makes it lawful for adults 21 and older to be able to use and grow marijuana for recreational purposes. A legal, regulated market will be launched in 2022, with cannabis products taxed at levels beyond the state’s sales tax. A separate measure will […]


You Receive a Positive Drug Test Result for Marijuana – Your Employee or Applicant Says They Have a Medical Marijuana Card. What Happens Next?

With more than half of the states and some U.S. Territories permitting the use of marijuana to treat specific medical conditions, employers are left to wonder what happens following a positive test result. For the Department of Transportation (DOT), the use of state-authorized marijuana will not be permitted as a valid excuse for a federal […]


Virginia Passes Bill to Protect Medical CBD Users

The Virginia Legislature has amended its medical marijuana law, protecting CBD users from employment discipline or discrimination. The law currently authorizes the use of cannabis oil for patients with specific medical conditions to now include workplace protections for state-authorized CBD users. Cannabis oil is defined as any formulation of processed cannabis plant extract, which may […]


New York Legalizes Recreational Marijuana, Expunges Former Pot Conviction

Legislation was signed in New York state that legalizes marijuana for adults and expunges the criminal records of people previously convicted of crimes that would be legal under the new law. According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the historic move is one that “rights the wrongs of the past by putting an end to harsh prison […]


Medical Marijuana and the Construction Industry: Effective Drug Testing Policy and Compliance

Mississippians voted last year to legalize medical marijuana, but the tension between federal and state law presents new challenges for contractors, especially those working in multiple states and jurisdictions. The Occupational Safety and Health Act’s general duty clause requires contractors to maintain a safe job site and work environment “free from recognized hazards that are […]


Cannabis Guide for the USA & Canada – Oklahoma, USA

Medical marijuana was legalized in June 2018 in Oklahoma, establishing the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) as a division of the Oklahoma State Department of Health to ensure the health and safety of Oklahomans and provide regulation of medical marijuana. A number of regulations have been established since then for patients and the industry. As […]




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