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How to cope with dope: Recreational marijuana & the workplace

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by Angela L. Rud and Matthew P. Webster, Esq., Gray Plant Mooty, Minneapolis

Of numerous ballot initiatives voters considered last Novem­­ber, the most challenging for HR professionals may have been referendums regarding recreational use of marijuana. In Washington and Colo­­rado, voters passed initiatives permitting individuals to lawfully possess up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational use.

Federal and Minnesota state laws still prohibit marijuana possession, but Minnesota employers should be familiar with this developing area of law and have a game plan for how to address the problems that marijuana in the workplace may cause.

Federal law: No smoking!

Federal law still prohibits marijuana possession, regardless of any state law. That means existing prohibitions on truck drivers’ use of marijuana, for example, have not changed. The Obama administration has reiterated its commitment to the federal law. This may create ...(register to read more)

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