Nathaniel M. Glasser, Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the firm’s Washington, DC, office, was quoted in the Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, in “Employer Weed Policies Won’t Go Up in Smoke After Sessions Memo,” by Martin Berman-Gorvine. (Read the full version – subscription required.)

Following is an excerpt:

To ban or not to ban, to test or not to test—the question of pot users in the workplace isn’t easily sorted out, especially when there’s a federal-state tug-of war over legalization of marijuana.

A memo issued by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in early January raises questions for employers about which way the legal wind is blowing. The memo was sent to all U.S. attorneys immediately rescinding the Obama administration’s policy that allowed greater leniency in the enforcement of the federal ban on marijuana. It was issued just three days after California legalized the recreational use of marijuana. …

It should be reassuring to employers that employing marijuana users isn’t against the law. Employers “aren’t committing criminal acts” as long as they don’t allow use on their premises, Nathaniel Glasser, a member of management law firm Epstein Becker & Green PC’s Washington, D.C., office, told Bloomberg Law Jan. 10.


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