New Jersey has become the first state in the region and the 14th in the nation to legalize the use of marijuana for medical reasons. The law permits patients diagnosed with severe illnesses to have access to marijuana distributed through state-monitored dispensaries. The law could present a dilemma for employers: They want to hire a new employee but the person has failed a pre-employment drug test. Then the job applicant produces a legally obtained prescription to use marijuana. A 2008 decision by the California Supreme Court found that an employer would be within its right not hire someone or terminate an employee whose drug test came up positive for marijuana, even if the use did not violate state law. The court ruled that marijuana, despite the 1996 voter initiative that allows its medicinal use in California, is still considered an illegal drug. The California law that covers workplace discrimination did not require employers to accommodate medical marijuana users, the court said.
This Seminar will discuss the New Jersey Compassionate Use Act in the context of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
John J. Sarno, EANJ
Saddle Brook Marriott
Saddle Brook, NJ
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Substitutions are permitted, however in order to meet program commitments, cancellations made less than two (2) full working days before the program date or "no-shows", must be charged the full registration fee.