A South Dakota judge held that the state’s amendment allowing for adult recreational use of marijuana is unconstitutional. Employers should note that the ruling does not address the validity of the state’s medical marijuana initiative.
President-elect Joe Biden supports marijuana decriminalization, but efforts to legalize cannabis consumption are likely to continue at the state level for now. In 2021, employers will need to review their policies and ensure they comply with evolving laws, particularly those covering medical marijuana patients.
Oregon voters approved two groundbreaking measures in the 2020 election season to become the first state in the nation to decriminalize personal possession of small amounts of certain controlled substances and legalize the therapeutic use of psilocybin.
A Pennsylvania appeals court affirmed an order granting unemployment benefits to a medical marijuana user who was terminated by his employer for a positive drug test.
The trend to legalize cannabis consumption continued on Election Day as voters in five states approved new laws allowing medical and recreational marijuana use.
A Pennsylvania federal court refused to dismiss an employee’s claim that she was fired in violation of the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act.