Abtin Mehdizadegan on Substance Abuse Policies in Context of Marijuana Legalization

Substance Abuse Policies Marijuana Legalization

In an article published on March 31, 2023, in’s HR Legal and Compliance, Little Rock Partner Abtin Mehdizadegan discusses how employers need to reconsider their substance abuse policies and compliance efforts under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), especially to keep up with the changing landscape of marijuana legalization.

Until a national standard is adopted, employers must continue navigating the patchwork of state laws affecting marijuana in the workplace, says Abtin. Relying on fundamentals is key; and in all cases, employers should consult with counsel before modifying policies or taking an adverse employment action based on marijuana.

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