Friday, June 10, 2016

WIRTW #416 (the “420”) edition

Earlier this week, Governor Kasich legalized medical marijuana in Ohio. The law takes effect in early September. Ohio becomes the 25th state to enact a comprehensive legal medical marijuana program.

The law will allow people with the following medical conditions to use marijuana: HIV/AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), Crohn’s disease, epilepsy or another seizure disorder, fibromyalgia, glaucoma, hepatitis C, inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis, pain that is either chronic and severe or intractable, Parkinson’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, sickle cell anemia, spinal cord disease or injury, Tourette’s syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and ulcerative colitis.

Importantly, employers retain the right to fire medical marijuana users if the use violates a drug-free workplace or zero tolerance policy.

For more on what this means for Ohio employers, click here.

Here’s the rest of what I read this week:

Technology & Social Media
HR & Employee Relations
Wage & Hour
Labor Relations
OSHA & Safety