Over the past several years, there has been an unmistakable trend of relaxed marijuana laws in the New England states. Presently, all six states have enacted laws permitting the use of medical marijuana, and Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont each now permit some form of recreational marijuana use. Unfortunately, this rapidly changing landscape has not been easy for employers to navigate, as each state has adopted different (and at times conflicting) rules as to how employers may address marijuana in the workplace.
On October 11, Pierce Atwood lawyers Charlie Einsiedler and Dan Strader provided an update on the current legal landscape regarding marijuana laws throughout New England, and the impact of those laws on employers. They discussed both medical and recreational marijuana laws in all six New England states, the duty of employers to accommodate (or not accommodate) marijuana use in the workplace, and the impact of these laws on drug testing policies, among other topics.