by Frank P. Spada, Jr., Esq.
Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have legalized some form of medical marijuana use, even though the federal government continues to classify marijuana as an illegal, Schedule 1 drug—with high potential for abuse and no acceptable medicinal use—under the Controlled Substances Act.
Pennsylvania hasn’t yet enacted a medical marijuana law, but that could change thanks to legislation that has been introduced in the General Assembly.
Generally, medical marijuana laws are designed to protect patients who use marijuana for medical purposes from arrest and prosecution. Few such laws define what rights users have in the workplace.
On the legislative agenda
In Pennsylvania, General Assembly committees are currently considering two medical marijuana bills—Senate Bill 1003 and House Bill 1653. Both go by the name of the Governor Raymond P. Shafer Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, and both wo...(register to read more)
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