Marijuana and the Workplace: 2017

  • By Mark Ridgeway
  • 06 Oct, 2017

In November 2016, Arkansas passed a constitutional amendment ( Amendment 98 ) establishing a medical marijuana program. The legislature recently added provisions to the law, resulting in significant protections for Arkansas employers.

It will likely be 2018 before marijuana dispensaries in Arkansas are ready to distribute marijuana to those with medical permits, but now is the time for businesses to revamp their drug policies so they match up with state law.

Over the next few weeks in the blog, we'll be reviewing the Arkansas law and the amendment (Act 593), and the guidelines it lays out for employers within the state. 

Medical Marijuana in the workplace

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The CHC Blog

By Mark Ridgeway 13 Oct, 2017
As of April 2017, there are 29 states that allow marijuana use for medical purposes. There is considerable variation in medical cannabis laws from state to state, including how it is produced and distributed, how it can be consumed and what medical conditions it can be used for.

At the federal level, cannabis is still a prohibited substance. However in 2014, the Rohrabacher–Farr amendment  was signed into law, prohibiting the Justice Department from spending funds to interfere with the implementation of state medical cannabis laws.

The following excerpt from a   Society for Human Resource Management  article gives a general overview of how medical marijuana impacts employers and the issues that need to be considered if you are in one of the 29 states:
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