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Friday, September 12 • 10:40am - 11:40am
B004 “But it’s legal now, right?”: The Drug-free Workplace in an Era of Legalized Recreational Marijuana (Intermediate)

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Currently, 20 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Two of those states, Colorado and Washington, have also legalized recreational marijuana. This creates an interesting dilemma for workplace drug policy enforcement. To date, the U.S. courts have upheld the termination of employees who have tested positive for marijuana use, even if for medical purposes. While use becomes more widespread in Colorado and Washington for strictly recreational purposes, the impact on a drug-free workforce is unknown.



  1. Describe the impact of recreational marijuana use on worksite wellness and safety, including workers’ compensation policies.
  2. Describe the interaction between employees who are recreational marijuana users and drug-free workplace policies.
  3. Identify legal cases where employee termination for positive marijuana drug screens have been upheld.
  4. Explain workplace policies and procedures that can be enacted to satisfy a safe and productive working environment in an era of expanding legalized recreational marijuana.

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Brian D. Williams, MD, MPH

Brian D. Williams is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and is now board eligible in Occupational and Environmental Medicine following completion of his MPH and finishing residency in July 2014 at the University of Colorado. Dr. Williams co-teaches the International Travel and Health course at the Colorado School of Public Health. He graduated from Millsaps College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1998 and received his... Read More →

Friday September 12, 2014 10:40am - 11:40am
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