Tag Archives: medical marijuana

State Marijuana Laws can Leave Employees Dazed and Confused about their Rights

Many states have decriminalized marijuana, whether generally or when used for medical reasons. But such changes present challenges for companies and their employees when it comes to balancing workplace concerns and employee rights. The latest marijuana issue employers may need to consider is called “microdosing.” Rebecca Greenfield in her article, “The Case for Eating Weed at … Continue Reading

Are Unemployment Benefit Determinations Hazy When it Comes to Employee Medical Marijuana Use?

Today is April 20, 2015. However, for certain individuals who partake in smoking a plant in the cannabis genus, it is also “420.” The use of “420” has historically been a shorthand reference to recreational marijuana smoking. However, as more states enact laws legalizing marijuana use for medical conditions, employers may need to reassess their workplace … Continue Reading

Changing the Classification of Medical Marijuana: What it Could Mean for Employers and Employees.

The issue of how marijuana should be classified is set to be heard by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit next week. This issue is important for employers and employees because of the downstream impact it could have in relation to the use of medical marijuana … Continue Reading

Michigan Legislation Introduced to Further Limit Medical Marijuana Use – This Time in Worker’s Compensation

In the fall of 2008, 63% of Michigan residents voted in favor of legalizing medical marihuana. Despite this majority, Michigan legislators continue to whittle away at that law. The latest such effort involves Michigan’s Worker’s Compensation statute. Specifically, under a provision of the Worker’s Disability Act, an employer must furnish or cause to be furnished, reasonable … Continue Reading

Michigan Lawmakers Continue to Address Medical Marijuana Law Questions

The Detroit Free Press (by Dawson Bell) reported that Michigan’s Attorney General, Bill Schuette, and a coalition of lawmakers and prosecutors are calling Michigan’s medical marijuana law so poorly drafted as to be unworkable. The focus of this criticism in large part is on the legality of medical marijuana dispensaries, the definition of a “locked facility,” … Continue Reading

Medical Marijuana & Employment Law: Unanswered Questions For Employers and Employees

Recently a Michigan federal court judge dismissed a case brought by a former Wal-Mart employee of five years and associate of the year in 2008, after he was terminated when a drug test was positive for marihuana. (Reported by Larry Gabriel of the Metrotimes). Mr. Casias had previously registered under Michigan’s statute to use marihuana … Continue Reading

Are Your Employees Going to Pot? According to the Numbers, Probably

The Detroit Free Press reported on April 21, 2011 (by Dawson Bell and John Wisely) that approximately 63,735 Michigan residents had registered to use marihuana for medical purposes under Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Law (Michigan spells marihuana with an “h”, rather than a “j”). There is also over a five-month backlog in issuing registration cards.  Based on the … Continue Reading
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