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The Buzz About Michigan Marijuana Legalization and the Workplace

“Smoke ’em if you got ’em.” Recreational marijuana is officially legal today in Michigan. However, there are a host of budding issues that employers and employees must address with this legalization. For background, Michigan voted in November to legalize recreational use of marijuana by adults who are 21 or older. About ten years earlier, Michigan … Continue Reading

Refusing to Hire Medical Marijuana User Found to be Unlawful Employment Discrimination

Are Michigan employers at risk of being sued for violating rights of individuals who are authorized medical marijuana users? A case from Connecticut under that state’s law suggest the answer may be yes. Specifically, a Connecticut federal court found an employer guilty of employment discrimination after it refused to hire a medical marijuana user. The … 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

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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