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Weed Out the Confusion About Marijuana Use Law

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST
Length: 90 minutes

Sponsored by Lorman Education Service

Registration for Session Only: $199.00

Registration plus Session Recording and Written Materials: $268.00


Gain an understanding of marijuana use law and how it relates to employer and employees' rights.

Many employers are struggling with compliance issues stemming from the patchwork of overlapping and conflicting marijuana regulations. This includes issues related to lawful use and privacy versus impairment and safety concerns.

This information will help human resources professionals, managers, business owners, and attorneys understand how to effectively evaluate risks and implement strategies for compliance. Review hot topics including shifting legality of cannabis derivatives under federal and state law, disability law issues, health and safety, and drug testing in DOT-regulated and other industries.

Failing to appreciate the nuances and preemptively address them can lead to costly industrial accidents, as well as discrimination, harassment, and retaliation litigation. This information is critical for protecting your business in a developing area of law.

Areas Covered in the Session:

Marijuana Under Federal Law

• CBD Use Post-2018 Farm Bill
• Marijuana Bills Currently Pending
• Department of Justice Enforcement
◦ The Cole Memo (8/29/2013) vs. The Sessions Memo (1/4/2018)
◦ Federal Appropriations Bills and Medical Cannabis Businesses

Roll Call: State Survey

• States With Only Medical-Use (CBD)
• States With Only Medical-Use (+ THC)
• States With Adult/Recreational Use
• Potential for a Constitutional Amendment

Protected and Prohibited Conduct

• Public Use (Both on the Street and Traditional Places of Public Accommodation/Business)
• Impairment at Work

How to Protect Your Business

• The ADA and Marijuana – Impact on ADA Policies
• Discrimination Against Registered Users
• Drug-Free Policies
• Privacy Laws
• Discipline Policies and Reasonable Suspicion
• Implications for DOT-Regulated Businesses and DOT Regulated Employees
• Travelling Employees
• Unemployment

Credit Information (Sponsored by Lorman Education Services):

  • CLE
  • NALA
For Detailed Credit Information page click here

Only registered attendee will receive continuing education credit.


Noah A. Frank, SmithAmundsen LLC

  • Attorney in the Chicago office of SmithAmundsen LLC, in the Labor & Employment Practice Group, Data Privacy, Security & Litigation Group, and the Medical Cannabis Counsel Team
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of employment law, including mandated leave, discrimination, handling difficult employees effectively, and agency matters
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on numerous on the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), workers’ compensation, unemployment, anti-discrimination/harassment, wage garnishments, properly paying hourly employees, and employment misclassification issues (exempt/nonexempt/independent contractor)
  • Author of several publications related to the areas of employment, workers’ compensation, cannabis and marijuana
  • Member of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Business Advisory Board, Employment Law Council, cannabis regulation working committee; University of Illinois College of Law, Alumni Board; Chicago Bar Association, Leadership Institute Steering Committee; American Bar Association, Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee; Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce; River North Business Association
  • J.D. degree, University of Illinois College of Law; M.H.R.I.R., University of Illinois Institute of Labor & Industrial Relations; B.A. degree, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Can be contacted at 312-623-7265 or

Michael D. Wong, SmithAmundsen LLC

Michael D. Wong, Esq.

  • Partner in SmithAmundsen’s Labor & Employment Practice Group and Transportation Group, St. Charles, Illinois
  • Practice emphasizes advising and representing companies and businesses regarding employment and labor laws, including discrimination and harassment issues and lawsuits under state and federal law, disability and leave issues under the ADA and FMLA, wage and hour matters, class actions, employee handbook and policy issues, and the impact of medical and recreational cannabis on businesses
  • Routinely conducts seminars, workshops and training relating to drug testing, opioids, medical and recreational cannabis, discrimination and harassment, workplace investigations, and employer best practices
  • Member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Kane County Bar Association: Labor & Employment Law Committee member, 2012 – present; Labor & Employment Law Committee Chair, 2014 – present; Bar Briefs, Editorial Board member, 2013 – present; Bar Briefs Editor, 2015-2016; Board of Directors: Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce
  • J.D. degree, Northern Illinois University College of Law; B.A. degree, University of Illinois
  • Can be contacted at 630-587-7972 or

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