Illinois: Impact of marijuana legalization important lesson for employers

Illinois: Impact of marijuana legalization important lesson for employers

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports The road to Illinois becoming the 11th state in the country along with the District of Columbia to legalize adult-use recreational cannabis was a long and winding one. Now that the law has finally gone into effect, however, human resources executives around the state are realizing that the real work of understanding and applying the law to their employees is just beginning. Employers will need to refine existing policies and, in many cases, craft entirely new ones to address the issues created with legalization, a process that will require input from labor and employment lawyers as well as those specifically focused on cannabis regulations, working in concert with in-house counsel. The complexities of this issue were discussed at length at a recent B-Sharp at Breakfast event. Benesch launched B-Sharp in 2018 as a networking and professional development platform for women corporate counsel. The Jan. 23 forum, “The Legalization of Cannabis and Implications Under State Law,” brought together labor and employment lawyers, members of Benesch’s cannabis practice group and in-house counsel from Illinois employers. Attendees examined the evolution of labor and employment law in legalized cannabis states, such as Illinois, and the many new human resources challenges that employers in Illinois now face in the post-legalization environment. Front and center for the panel was the important topic of employee drug-testing. Most notably, attendees at the forum discussed how zero-tolerance laws will mesh with employees who use cannabis for prescribed medical purposes as well as what…

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