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What Pennsylvania employers need to know about medical marijuana

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in Employment Law,HR Management,Human Resources

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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John May 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

“There is no reason for marijuana to be illegal. Any argument to the contrary is based on lies and propaganda. For thousands of years it did no harm and since prohibition began it has been demonized by those who profit from its prohibition. Anything else is simply not true.” – Joe

I couldn’t have said it better myself!

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Joe April 22, 2012 at 9:05 am

- http://www.leap.cc – For their own safety, I simply do not understand why a PEACE KEEPER would want to keep in place a failed policy that CAUSES violence and jeopardizes their safety and that of their friends and family, call me crazy. As for my personal/professional opinion, police officers who support prohibition are profiting off the suffering of their fellow citizens. Prohibition is nothing more than welfare for law enforcement and every LEO who suckles at that prohibition *** knows inside that without it, they would be out of a job because their own performance wouldn’t merit continued employment when budgets start getting pared down. Prohibition=corruption.
There is no reason for marijuana to be illegal. Any argument to the contrary is based on lies and propaganda. For thousands of years it did no harm and since prohibition began it has been demonized by those who profit from its prohibition. Anything else is simply not true. Spin away and I’ll try to make your arguments look foolish but my arguments aren’t to prove marijuana’s harmless nature, peer reviewed scientific studies have already done that. If you choose to further prohibition by keeping the propaganda alive I will endeavor to make you look foolish for not researching the truth.

Honest cops have had their say http://www.leap.cc.

For alphabetical lists of peer reviewed studies showing proven medical benefits of marijuana as medicine check http://www.letfreedomgrow.com/cmu/GrannysListJan2012.pdf.

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