Medical marijuana is no longer just an issue for employers in a few
states. As marijuana use, both medicinal and recreational, continues to
become legally accepted in the U.S., it may ultimately be removed as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. If and when this occurs, Frank P. Spada,
Jr., an attorney with Semanoff Ormsby Greenberg & Torchia, LLC, says employers
will have a more difficult task of dealing with medicinal marijuana in the workplace.
“It is almost certain that employers, even in states with laws that don’t require employers
to accommodate a medicinal user at work, will face challenges by attorneys who will
seek to have the laws interpreted pursuant to these changing social attitudes,” he says.
Smart Business spoke with Spada about medicinal marijuana’s workplace impact.
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