Arizona Legislature Helps Clear the Haze for Employers Dealing with the Arizona Medical Marijuana Law

Neil Alexander and Kristy Peters:  “the implementing regulations to AMMA focused on making marijuana accessible to authorized users and did not attempt to clarify the new employment-related obligations placed on Arizona employers. H.B. 2541 was introduced and moved fairly quickly through the legislature in an effort to remedy this lack of guidance.”

See also “Legislative Prescription For Employer Medical Marijuana Issues.”

By |2011-05-06T07:52:29-07:00May 6th, 2011|AZ Legislation|Comments Off on Arizona Legislature Helps Clear the Haze for Employers Dealing with the Arizona Medical Marijuana Law

New Arizona Law can Shield Employers in Marijuana Lawsuits

Arizona Republic:  “A new state law, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday, could shield some employers from lawsuits if they wish to fire workers who are under the influence of medical marijuana or prescription drugs on the job.  Another provision in the law allows employers with a qualifying drug-testing policy to reassign or lay off workers who take such medications if they have a job with possible safety risks.  The law, House Bill 2541, takes effect immediately.”

By |2011-05-04T06:38:06-07:00May 4th, 2011|Legal Issues, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on New Arizona Law can Shield Employers in Marijuana Lawsuits

Arizona Senate Passes House Bill 2541 a Drug Testing Bill Related to Medical Marijuana

Phoenix Business Journal:  “The Arizona Senate passed House Bill 2541 Tuesday afternoon, giving employers more protection in their drug testing policies when it comes to dealing with employees using medical marijuana.  If signed by Gov. Jan Brewer, this bill will go a long way in protecting employers and avoiding a lot of potential problems.”

See “Bill lets employers act against medical marijuana patients.”  Read the text of HB 2541.

By |2011-04-20T06:39:37-07:00April 20th, 2011|AZ Legislation, Legal Issues|Comments Off on Arizona Senate Passes House Bill 2541 a Drug Testing Bill Related to Medical Marijuana

Arizona Legislature Tackles Pot in the Workplace

Daily Miner:  “The Arizona Department of Health Services and the Legislature are trying to clarify when an employer can take action against an employee under the influence of medical marijuana. . . . According to the act, an employer cannot refuse to hire, discriminate against or fire an employee just because they have a medical marijuana card or because they test positive for marijuana and have a medical marijuana card, unless the employee was using, possessed or was under the influence of the drug while at work. . . . House Bill 2541 attempts to clarify when an employer can take action against an employee they believe in good faith is under the influence of marijuana while on the job.”

By |2017-02-11T17:33:56-07:00March 21st, 2011|AZ Legislation, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on Arizona Legislature Tackles Pot in the Workplace

Arizona Bills Related to Marijuana

Will Humble’s Blog:  “A few years ago, an Arizona law was passed that established a Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program which requires pharmacies and medical practitioners who dispense Schedule II, III, and IV controlled substances to a patient, to report prescription information to the Board of Pharmacy on a weekly basis.  The purpose of this legislation is to improve the State’s ability to identify controlled substance abusers and refer them for treatment, and to identify and stop diversion of prescription controlled substance drugs in an efficient and cost effective manner that will not impede the appropriate medical utilization of licit controlled substances. ”  In this blog post he discusses House Bill 2585 and House Bill 2541.

By |2015-04-06T18:50:20-07:00March 17th, 2011|AZ Legislation, Will Humble Speaks|Comments Off on Arizona Bills Related to Marijuana

HB 2541 the Anti-Prop 203 Bill Would Allow Employers to Discriminate Against Qualified Medical Pot Users

Phoenix New Times:  “A state lawmaker wants to scratch out the anti-discrimination clause in Arizona’s medical marijuana law and give immunity to employers who fire qualified patients.  The callous bill  [HB 2541] by State Representative Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, also seeks to ban people from using medical weed “in a condominium or planned community common area that is open to use by the public.”

Here’s a portion of  HB 2541:

“No cause of action is or may be established for any person against an employer who has established a policy and initiated a testing program in accordance with this article for any of the following:

ACTIONS BASED ON THE EMPLOYER’S GOOD FAITH BELIEF THAT AN EMPLOYEE USED OR POSSESSED ANY DRUG WHILE ON THE EMPLOYER’S PREMISES OR DURING THE HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT

ACTIONS BASED ON THE EMPLOYER’S GOOD FAITH BELIEF THAT AN EMPLOYEE  HAD AN IMPAIRMENT WHILE WORKING WHILE ON THE EMPLOYER’S PREMISES OR DURING HOURS OF EMPLOYMENT”

HB 2541 is sponsored only by Representative Kimberly Yee , Republican; kyee@azleg.gov;  phone: 602-926-3024; fax: 602-417-3110.

By |2011-02-17T06:56:30-07:00February 17th, 2011|AZ Legislation, Stories & Articles|Comments Off on HB 2541 the Anti-Prop 203 Bill Would Allow Employers to Discriminate Against Qualified Medical Pot Users