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Federal Marijuana Possession Convictions Go Up in Smoke

The Impact of President Biden’s Pardons on Employers From 2019 through 2020, we heard all about former candidate Biden’s campaign promise to decriminalize and expunge cannabis convictions. Since then, the administration has, in large part, remained silent on marijuana reform … until now. In an effort to begin overhauling the country’s federal marijuana laws, President …

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New Jersey Recreational Marijuana Update

New Jersey legalized recreational marijuana for those 21 and older in early 2021 via “The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act” (CREAMM Act). The act allows employers to test applicants and employees for marijuana as part of their pre-employment and regular screening of current employees. It also allows for reasonable suspicion …

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District of Columbia Marijuana Testing Update

On July 13, 2022, the Washington D.C. Mayor signed the Cannabis Employment Protections Amendment Act of 2022 into law. This law includes employment protections for applicants and employees, as employers “may not refuse to hire, terminate from employment, suspend, fail to promote, demote, or penalize and individual based upon: The individual’s use of cannabis; The …

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South Dakota Governor Votes Bill Aimed at Removing Marijuana Charges From Background Checks

Recent South Dakota legislation would have automatically removed certain marijuana charges from a defendant’s public record as long as they were at least five years old, all court-ordered conditions had been satisfied, and the defendant had not been convicted of any further offenses. However, the Governor of South Dakota refused to sign the legislation into …

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Connecticut Becomes 19th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Effective July 1, 2021: Adults 21 and older in Connecticut may use and possess recreational marijuana up to 1½ ounces (and up to 5 ounces in a locked container in their home or in their car’s glove box or trunk). The new legislation will also expunge past convictions for marijuana possession. Retail sales of recreational …

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Philadelphia Joins New York City and Nevada in Banning Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing

Effective January 1, 2022: Philadelphia employers are prohibited from requiring applicants to submit to drug screening for marijuana as a condition of employment. With the new legislation, Philadelphia joins New York City and Nevada, both of whom have similar restrictions in place, as of May 20, 2020 and January 1, 2020, respectively. The new law …

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Dissension Aside, Americans Appear United on Marijuana

With all the controversy and divisiveness surrounding the 2020 election, Americans appeared united on one subject—legalizing marijuana. In fact, it was one area that was seemingly powerful enough to garner bipartisan support, not an easy feat this (or any) year. According to a Gallup Poll released on November 9th, 2020, 68% of Americans favor legalizing …

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