Louisiana Task Force Nears Deadline For Medical Marijuana Patient Workplace Protection Recommendations

Louisiana Task Force Nears Deadline For Medical Marijuana Patient Workplace Protection Recommendations
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“We want to make sure as a task force we’re doing what’s in the best interest of the patients in this state.” By Victor Skinner, The Center Square The Louisiana Legislature’s Employment and Medical Marijuana Task Force discussed issues with unemployment compensation, impairment, and testing on Tuesday as they prepare to craft recommendations for lawmakers later this month. Task force members are now working on an accelerated timeline to present recommendations to the Department of Health by December 21, to ensure lawmakers have sufficient time to draft legislation ahead of the 2023 session in April. At Tuesday’s meeting, members contemplated how to design protections for employees and employers without a reliable, cost effective way to test for marijuana impairment. Kevin Caldwell, task force member representing the Marijuana Policy Project, noted that while current testing technology for marijuana impairment is not widely accepted and “very expensive,” 37 other states with medical marijuana programs have nonetheless found ways to protect employees who use the drug. “At this point I think we…see that these other states have put these employment protections in place without the clear scientific data as to what impairment is,” he said. “But at the same time…there are drug recognition experts in law enforcement that can tell when someone is impaired.” Caldwell, who chaired a subcommittee that explored testing technologies, said concerns center on whether tests would be “fiscally possible” for small companies, the timeline for receiving results, and whether courts would recognize the technology. “This is not the first time these technologies have moved forward, but in the end none of them have ended up being legally accepted as a judge of impairment,” he said. “We want to make sure as a task force we’re doing what’s in the best interest of the patients in this state,” said Janana…

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