By Ariel D. Cudkowicz and Adrienne Lee

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employees at a Cresco Labs cannabis cultivation facility in Massachusetts recently made an unexpected and significant decision: they chose to say goodbye to their union membership just shy of their first contract’s expiration in June 2024.

Back in November 2020, the gardeners, shift leads, and other agricultural workers at Cresco’s Fall

Continue Reading Budding Issues? The Fading Smoke of One Union at a Cannabis Workplace in Massachusetts

By Stanley Jutkowitz and Susan Ryan 

Seyfarth Synopsis: Cannabis would move to Schedule III from Schedule I under this reclassification.

In a move long awaited by the cannabis industry, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has decided to re-schedule cannabis. Currently classified under Schedule I, along with heroin, cannabis would now move to Schedule III, along with ketamine and

Continue Reading BREAKING NEWS: DEA To Reschedule Cannabis

By Susan Ryan

Welcome back to The Year In Weed, The Blunt Truth’s annual roundup of cannabis-related stories.  As usual, I’ll adopt Dave Barry’s Year in Review (sadly, no longer available for free) format and look at stories month by month.  Last year, I predicted there would be no federal cannabis legalization, but that perhaps states would legalize. Was

Continue Reading The Year in Weed: 2023 Edition

By Adam R. Young and Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The State of  Michigan’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) Cannabis – State Emphasis Program (SEP) (August 28, 2023) was established to address safety and health hazards associated with the growing, harvesting, and processing of recreational cannabis (marijuana).

Marijuana is a booming business, in Michigan and nationally.  In November 2018

Continue Reading Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) Cannabis – State Emphasis Program

By Sydney Jenkins

Seyfarth Synopsis: College athletes around the country may soon be in for an unexpected change in drug testing requirements. The NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS) recently showed support for removing cannabis from the organization’s banned drug list and testing protocols. The committee will discuss the decision with its members throughout the summer

Continue Reading Puff-Puff-Pass the Ball? NCAA Ponders a Different Kind of High Standard for Drug Testing Athletes

By Jennifer L. Mora and Frederick T. Smith

Seyfarth Synopsis As previously reported here, on February 22, 2021, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act” (CREAMMA), which amended the New Jersey Constitution to legalize recreational cannabis.

The law allows employers to conduct numerous forms of drug testing for
Continue Reading New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission Issues Guidance on “Workplace Impairment” Determinations

By Jennifer L. Mora

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 25, 2022, Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee signed “The Rhode Island Cannabis Act,” which grants adults aged 21 and older the right to possess and grow certain amounts of cannabis for recreational use. Retail sales are expected to begin as early as December 1, 2022. The new law, which is effective
Continue Reading Rhode Island Legalizes Cannabis for Recreational Use

By Jennifer L. Mora

Seyfarth Synopsis: Every year, employers find themselves revisiting their marijuana and drug testing policies to account for newly enacted laws at the state and local level. Now is no different. Below are some highlights of what happened in 2021.

Connecticut

On June 22, 2021, Connecticut legalized recreational marijuana use by adults 21 years and older.
Continue Reading Marijuana Laws Impacting Employers Spread Like a Weed in 2021: A Year in Review

By Adam R. YoungRobert T. Szyba, Robert S. Whitman, and  Craig B. Simonsen

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York Department of Labor published “Frequently Asked Questions” which address occupational cannabis issues under the adult-use cannabis and the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA).

New York State has legalized medical and recreational marijuana, and
Continue Reading New York Department of Labor Attempts to Prohibit Drug Testing for Cannabis, Employment Actions Against Some Employees Who are Impaired at Work

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Seyfarth Synopsis: As previously reported here, on February 22, 2021, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed A21, the “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act” (CREAMMA), which is enabling legislation for the amendment to the New Jersey Constitution making lawful the recreational use of marijuana in the state.

While the new


Continue Reading New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission’s “Personal Use Cannabis Rules” Do Not Provide Guidance About Employer Drug Testing Practices