At The Podium

Medical Marijuana and the Employee Relationship

Date: May 30, 2019

Event: Oklahoma Rural Health Association

Venue: Embassy Suites

Location: Norman, OK

More than a year after Oklahoma voters approved a ballot initiative legalizing medical marijuana, new rules and regulations issued under the recently signed Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act are set to go into effect later this summer, impacting employers and employees alike.  Previously known as the “Unity Bill,” the law resolves some uncertainty that remained after the passage of the original law and also provides employers with more tools to manage medical marijuana and maintain control over their workplaces.

In his presentation “Medical Marijuana and the Employee Relationship” at the Oklahoma Rural Health Conference, labor and employment attorney Paul Ross updates employers on their rights and responsibilities under the Act, addresses what steps healthcare employers must take to take advantage of the new “safety-sensitive position” exemption, and provide practical advice for maintaining both legal compliance and a safe workplace.

Topics include:

  • The rights of employees who hold medical marijuana licenses and applicable employment protections
  • Whether employers must accommodate medical marijuana usage in the workplace
  • Medical marijuana and employees who hold safety-sensitive positions
  • Recommended changes to current policies and substance testing processes
  • Educating your workforce about the new law
  • Training supervisors so they understand the new law and can assist with managing medical marijuana issues in the workplace

The 2019 Oklahoma Rural Health Conference is sponsored by the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma.


Paul A. Ross