Americans’ attitudes are changing — at least in some respects — towards medical and recreational marijuana use. In turn, these changes are quickly leading to a diverse patchwork of legalization and regulation of the “gateway” drug, and unpredictable enforcement of federal law in states that permit sale and use. While many remain resistant to these changes, some state legislatures now see legalization as the antidote to bloated budgets and broken pension systems. Employers, educators, law enforcement, and businesses should be prepared to respond to these changes as the legal environment changes.
The shift in perspectives on the law of marijuana use will be a focal point of this workshop, and will help to highlight the future of legalization and regulation of the drug. Presenters will review existing state and federal law to provide an overview of the legal landscape. From these basic tenants, the presenters will each analyze the effect of these laws, and of changing public attitudes, on how employers, educators, and law enforcement can — and must — adapt. The focus will be on how employers and educators may implement effective policies and procedures, and how to avoid potential pitfalls, particularly in light of conflicting obligations under federal and state disability-related laws. The presenters will also address the evolving policy agenda in the states and at the federal level. Politics is a large part of the debate driving new marijuana laws and policies. The discussion will also address the variety of political viewpoints, and the influences of outside interest groups and the business community.
The Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair is hosted by the National LGBT Bar Association, a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender legal organizations. The LGBT Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity.
Registration for this program, which is part of the Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair, starts at $135.
To register or view a complete listing of programs, please visit the National LGBT Bar Association Web site.