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ASA Releases Medical Marijuana Issue Paper

American Staffing Association (02/13/12) Anne Duffy

Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws decriminalizing the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, raising questions about whether staffing firms doing business in these jurisdictions must accommodate medicinal use of marijuana or can refuse to hire or can terminate individuals because of their marijuana use. To help ASA members navigate these issues, ASA has published an issue paper by Frederick T. Smith, Esq., of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

Although the reach of the new laws and their effect on the workplace have not been fully addressed by courts, the ASA issue paper provides timely practical guidance on how staffing firms can address workers’ use of medicinal marijuana. The issue paper “The Straight Dope on Medical Marijuana” is available to ASA members at