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Legal Pot a Quandary for Company Drug Screens

In early October, President Joe Biden issued an executive order aimed at reshaping how the federal government treats cannabis. The order grants a pardon for all prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession. He has also announced a review of how cannabis is classified under federal law. Employers across the country are considering how easing […]


How to Read Drug Test Results from a Lab

Workplace drug testing can help reduce absenteeism and lost productivity, while, at the same time, ensuring a safe workplace environment and identifying those who may need resources to overcome addiction. The most common type of drug test is the urine test, but hair follicle drug tests and breath tests may also be used. Breathalyzers help […]


What to Consider When Determining Which Substances to Include in Your Drug Test Panel

For regulated drug testing, such as that required by the Department of Transportation (DOT), five illicit drugs are mandated, including amphetamines, THC, cocaine, opiates, and phencyclidine. SAMHSA guidelines also specify cutoff levels for each of the drugs. Many private employers are not limited in the number of substances that can be tested for. Additional drugs […]


New Cannabis Discrimination Protections Coming to a California Workplace in 2024

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, it will be unlawful for employers to discriminate against a person in hiring, termination, any term or condition of employment, or otherwise penalize a person for the use of cannabis off the job and away from the workplace (with certain exceptions) or an employer-required drug screening test that finds the person […]


California Law Will Protect Employees’ Use of Marijuana Outside Work

Effective January 2024, employers in California will be prohibited from penalizing workers for using marijuana during their off-work hours. The new bill does allow employers to fire or suspend workers for possessing, using, or being impaired by marijuana while at work. There are exceptions to the rule on off-duty use regarding the building and construction […]


Midterm Elections: Establishing New Cannabis Markets

With mid-term elections just around the corner, state lawmakers are proposing new legislation that seeks to legalize the recreational use of cannabis and establish a framework for the adult-use commercial market and the regulatory oversight thereof. Five states seek to legalize recreational cannabis, including Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, and Oklahoma.

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DOT Proposes New Guidance for Medical Examiners to Address CBD Use by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers

The U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a proposed draft Medical Examiner’s Handbook (MEH), including updates to the Medical Advisory Criteria, in the Federal Register in mid-August. The FMCSA’s regulations provide the basic driver physical qualification standards for commercial motor vehicle (CMV drivers). The goal of the updated MEH and […]


Cannabis Can Dos and Cannots: Employers and Mississippi’s Medical Marijuana Law

Medical marijuana products will likely be available in Mississippi later this fall, but its use will be highly regulated and can only be used by registered, qualified patients who have been diagnosed with a specific condition listed within the law by the medical practitioner. Employers are not required to allow the medical use of cannabis […]


California Enacts Law Prohibiting Employment Discrimination Based on Off-Duty Marijuana Use, Effective 2024

Gov. Gavin Newsome has signed into law several measures relating to marijuana, including one that prohibits employment discrimination based on off-duty use of marijuana. Effective January 1, 2024, the law will prohibit an employer from discriminating against a person in hiring, termination, or any term or condition of employment if the discrimination is based on […]


District of Columbia Provides Employment Protections to Cannabis Users

In July, the Cannabis Employment Protections Amendment Act of 2022 was signed by the mayor of Washington, D.C., prohibiting most employers from taking adverse action for off-duty cannabis use.  The bill, which also amends the District of Columbia’s medical cannabis law to require most employers to treat a qualifying patient’s use of medical cannabis for […]




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