How Does Legalized Marijuana Affect the Construction Worksite?
Learn to navigate the maze of inconsistent and rapidly changing state and federal cannabis laws.Though cannabis is illegal under federal law, 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for medical use and ten states, as well as D.C., have legalized it for recreational use, a dichotomy that presents a unique and complex challenge for businesses in the construction industry. This topic will provide an overview of federal and state marijuana laws, discuss specific aspects of the employment relationship affected by the legalization of marijuana in certain states, and offer practical guidance for employers on how to navigate this new and developing area of the law.
AuthorsJoshua Horn, Fox Rothschild LLP Joseph A. McNelis III, Fox Rothschild LLP
Overview of Federal Marijuana Law and Policy
• The Controlled Substances Act
• Department of Justice Enforcement Guidance - the Cole Memorandum and the Sessions Memorandum
• Congressional Action - Current Legislation and Future Outlook
Overview of State Marijuana Legalization
• Legalization of Medical and Recreational Marijuana
• Future of the U.S. Cannabis Industry
Practical Advice for Employment Law Compliance
• Federal Contractors and Grantees
• Drug Testing and Zero Tolerance Policies
• Hiring, Firing, and Reasonable Accommodations
• Employee Behavior - Accidents and Reasonable Suspicion Testing
• Key Takeaways