New York Draws Closer to Legalizing Marijuana: How Employers Should Prepare

04.04.2019

The trend to legalize marijuana continues.  Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced his intention for New York to be one of the next states to legalize marijuana.  While his initial timeline has met some resistance and will not coincide with the State’s annual budget, which was due April 1, it appears New York could legalize recreational marijuana in the very near future.  Governor Cuomo’s proposed legislation – Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act - would create an office of Cannabis Management to oversee cultivation, processing, distribution, sale and adult use of marijuana for recreational purposes. 

As lawmakers continue to hash out the details, employers must prepare for the post-legalization world and it’s impact on the workplace.  Employers should review polices, handbooks, hiring practices, training procedures and drug screening policies that may require modification to comply with any new law. Employers are encouraged to contact their Underberg & Kessler employment attorney to learn more. 

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