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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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Utah Medical Marijuana Law Remains Undecided, Despite Being Voted On

Utah lawmakers are working to revise Proposition 2, a voter-approved medical marijuana law.  A special session has been set for this coming Monday, December 3rd to review a “compromised bill.”  If approved, this new law would replace the ballot measure that was approved on November 6th. Changes include removing the provision for growing your own …

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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules in Favor of Employee Terminated for Use of Medical Marijuana

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rules in Favor of Employee Terminated for Use of Medical Marijuana The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled in Barbuto v. Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC et all, a case that questions an employer’s obligation to make accommodations for an employee’s off-site use of marijuana for medical purposes under the Massachusetts Anti-Discrimination and Medical Marijuana statutes.  In …

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AR Takes Employer-Focused Approach to Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

In November of 2016, Arkansas legalized medical marijuana in Initiative 6, the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Amendment (MCA). Since then, Arkansas has taken steps that demonstrate the state has an employer-focused approach to marijuana when it comes to the workplace. The MCA allows “qualifying patients” with certain medical conditions to purchase cannabis from state-licensed dispensaries When …

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