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August 9, 2017

Massachusetts Court Protects Medical Marijuana Use by Employees

Massachusetts’ highest court ruled that employers cannot fire employees who have a prescription to use medical marijuana with the sole reason being the employee’s use of the drug. The case arose from the firing of a prescribed patient of medical marijuana testing positive for marijuana on a company drug test. She had just been hired and made the company aware of her medical marijuana use, which the company had said should not be an issue. However, during her second day at the job she was fired for the failed drug...

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August 7, 2017

Pennsylvania Doctors Now Able to Register to Provide Medical Marijuana Prescriptions

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana industry continued to progress forward with the announcement of the practitioner registry becoming operational. The practitioner registry will allow Pennsylvania doctors to register to obtain the necessary training required for them to begin writing medical marijuana prescriptions to qualified patients. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in order to participate in the Medical Marijuana Program, a physician must: • Apply to the department to be registered with...

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July 26, 2017

Recreational Marijuana Use in Nevada Hit a Minor Rough Patch

Nevada, whose voters approved legislation legalizing the sale of recreational marijuana starting July 1, 2017, are facing some issues as a result of a group of wholesale liquor distributors filing a lawsuit claiming they have the exclusive right to the distribution of recreational marijuana. The ballot measure for recreational marijuana provided that for the first 18 months only liquor distributors would be given distribution licenses. This...

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July 20, 2017

SORNA Registration Held to be Unconstituional when Applied Retroactively

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held that the retroactive application of Pennsylvania’s Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) violates the ex post facto clauses of both the United State Constitution and the Pennsylvania Constitution. People who were convicted of a sexual offense before SORNA became effective in December 2012 are subject to the Megan’s Law registration requirements that were in...

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July 19, 2017

The Medical Marijuana Act in PA and Employment

The Medical Marijuana Act in Pennsylvania prohibits patients under the influence of medical marijuana from performing employment duties at heights or in confined spaces. 35 P.S. § 10231.510(2). Also, in regards to employment of patients, employers have discretionary authority in certain instances. An employer may prohibit a patient who is under the influence of marijuana from performing any duty the employer deems life threatening to the patient, the employer, or other employees. 35 P.S. § 10231.510(3). Employers can also prohibit patients under the influence...

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