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Next Steps for HR as Medical Marijuana Initiative Passes
On June 26, 2018, Oklahomans went to the polls and approved the legalization of medical marijuana. The new law, which is set to go into effect in late July, presents an all-new challenge in the workplace: balancing the rights of job applicants and employees who possess a valid medical marijuana license with the needs of employers to maintain a safe, drug-free environment.
While speaking before an audience at the Western Oklahoma Human Resources (WOKHR) just days after the Oklahoma State Department of Health approved its Medical Marijuana Authority emergency rules, labor and employment attorney Charlie Plumb separates fact from fiction regarding what’s included in the new law, discusses important workplace issues still left unanswered by the new law and OSDH regulations, and reviews recommended action items for employers.
- Employment protections for medical marijuana license holders
- Which employers may be excepted from the new law
- Implementing and enforcing lawful workplace restrictions
- What changes are needed to update your drug and alcohol policies and testing programs
- Educating your workforce on what rights are granted and what prohibitions still apply
- Training your managers and supervisors to observe and document impairment
- What to expect in the way of potential legal challenges in the courts and Oklahoma Legislature