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Do Not Assume Medical Marijuana Cardholder Uses Marijuana: Hawaii Federal Court
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
An employer cannot assume that a medical marijuana cardholder uses marijuana according to the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii in Kamakeeaina v. Armstrong Produce, Ltd. Background Buddy Kamakeeaina alleged
HEC Releases 2019 Legislative Forecast Via On-Demand Webinar
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
The 2019 legislative session recently convened on January 16 and lawmakers have until January 24 to file any bills they want to have considered this year. To assist our members in preparing for session, we have released a
Dismissal of Medical Marijuana Cardholder’s Lawsuit Upheld by 9th Circuit
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by an employee of Charter Communications, LLC (“Charter”) who was fired after testing positive for marijuana,
Job Protection for Medical Marijuana Users May be Coming Soon. Does Your Company Need an Exemption?
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Pursuant to Act 116 of the Session Laws of Hawaii 2018, a working group has been formed to discuss potential legislation that would provide job protection for employees who possess a medical marijuana (“MMJ”)
Hawaii Federal Court Weighs in on Medical Marijuana Use by Employees
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A state law allowing medical marijuana use does not translate into an affirmative obligation for employers to accommodate such use, according to a Hawaii federal court.

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Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

Laws regarding medical marijuana and the workplace have been under constant development over the past few years, with recent developments occurring in just the past few weeks. Now more than ever, Hawaii employers may be confused about how to apply their drug-free workplace policies to applicants or employees who fail a drug test due to medical marijuana usage.

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