High at Work: Examining How the Legalization of Marijuana Impacts Your Workplace Policies

December 12, 2023

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The rampant legalization of marijuana by state legislatures has placed businesses in the unenviable position of having to reassess the legality and efficacy of their workplace policies. With 39 states now permitting medicinal and/or recreational usage, businesses must understand and resolve a myriad of legal considerations arising from the impact of legalization in the workplace, such as:

  • Are we obligated to accommodate the medical use of marijuana under the ADA?
  • Can we terminate an employee for being under the influence of medical marijuana while at work?
  • As a federal grantee, how can we reconcile our state’s legalization of marijuana with our obligations under the Drug Free Workplace Act?
  • How do we balance our legitimate business interest in protecting the health and safety of the workplace with our employee’s state protected rights to use marijuana recreationally?
  • What policies do we need to assess in furtherance of managing our compliance obligations under the law?
  • What if we have employees who work remotely in a state that permits the use of marijuana, but the state where our office is located prohibits marijuana usage?
  • Can we conduct pre-employment drug screening or drug test our current employees for marijuana use?

Join us for this webinar where we will discuss these issues as well as employers’ conflicting legal obligations under state and federal laws. We will also update you on the status of federal legislation to remove marijuana from the controlled substance list. And, we will discuss how state legalization of marijuana impacts workplace policies such as accommodations, safety, drug testing and screening, and discipline, and the best practices that organizations can utilize to comply with the marijuana laws in their state.

Please note: This webinar is offered as a complimentary product to all Employment Law and Human Resources Compliance and Training Package holders. For more information on the training package, click here or Contact Us.

Target Audience

  • Human Resources Managers and Staff
  • “C-Suite” Leadership: CEOs, CFOs, CMOs, COOs, and CCOs
  • Directors and Supervisors
  • Compliance Officers
  • Risk Managers
  • In-House Legal Counsel

Learning Objectives

After this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify which states have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use
  • Understand how the legalization of marijuana impacts workplace policies
  • Implement best practices for federal contractors to comply with conflicting state marijuana laws and obligations under the Drug Free Workplace Act
  • Determine whether medical marijuana usage may qualify as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Discuss the pertinent issues relating to pre-employment drug-screening and drug testing current employees
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.25 Certificate of Attendance
  • 1.25 SHRM - PDC
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
12/12/2023 - 1:00pm EST
Event ends: 
12/12/2023 - 2:15pm EST

Mindy Pava

Mindy serves as Counsel in the firm’s Litigation & Government Investigations, Health Care and Education practice groups, where she focuses her practice on advising federal grantees (including health centers) as they navigate all facets of administrative and judicial review. A seasoned litigator, she also represents organizations in health care and other industries in responding to civil investigative demands and federal subpoenas. [Full Bio]

Brittney Rudolph

An Associate in the firm’s Health Care and Federal Grants practice groups, Brittney assists health centers, federal grant recipients, and other organizations on litigation matters and a range of transactional matters pertaining to contracting, regulatory compliance, fraud and abuse, and reimbursement matters. [Full Bio]

Professional Development Credits (PDC)

Participants can earn up to 1.25 PDCs.

Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.

Participants can earn up to 1.50 CPE credits in Specialized Knowledge and Applications upon completion of all course requirements.


If you purchase CPE credit for this webinar you must satisfy the following conditions in order to receive your certificate:

  1. Answer at least 5 of the 7 polling questions during the webinar
  2. Complete the evaluation survey after the conclusion of the webinar or in the follow-up email

Upon completion of these requirements, FTLF will email you your CPE Certificate within seven (7) business days.


  • Prerequisites: None 
  • Target Audience: Human Resources Managers and Staff, “C-Suite” Leadership: CEOs, CFOs, CMOs, COOs, and CCOs, Directors and Supervisors, Compliance Officers, Risk Managers, and In-House Legal Counsel
  • Advanced Preparation: None  
  • Program Level: All
  • Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
  • Attendance Requirements: In order to be awarded the full credits, you must respond to five (5) out of seven (7) polling questions.

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Available Credit

  • 1.25 Certificate of Attendance
  • 1.25 SHRM - PDC


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