Chamber Workshop To Help Local Businesses Prepare For Medical Marijuana Legalization

Ohio house bill 523 becomes operational in September. This law will make medical marijuana legal under qualifying circumstances and conditions. The new law gives most employers options, allowing them to decide whether or not to permit or accommodate employees using medical marijuana. But making this decision can be challenging, requiring businesses to deliberate several impacting issues including safety, security, public image, impairment and the realities of a very tight labor market.

Regardless of a company’s decision, there are action steps that should be taken to assure a smooth transition between the black and white world of “no lawful use” to one that’s less clear cut.

To give insight into this important decision and provide local businesses with a resource for gathering facts, the Chamber, along with co-sponsor, Eastern Gateway Community College , is pleased to host the next in its series of educational workshops presented by Working Partners ® , an Ohio-based firm specializing in drug-free workplace issues.*

The 90-minute presentation will:

  • Raise awareness of business and operational issues from legalization under Ohio house bill 523.
  • Increase understanding of the related drug-free workplace program issues for employers and employees.
  • Review key decisions that need to be made – particularly relating to policy, operations and employee/supervisor awareness.

The workshop will be on Thursday, September 13 th from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the community room on the second floor of The Towers building located at 500 Market Street in downtown Steubenville. It is open to all area businesses. The cost is $25 per person and includes a continental breakfast. Space is limited and reserved on a first-come, first served basis.

To register online, click here or phone the chamber offices at 740.282.6226. There are also a limited number of sponsorships still available. Contact the Chamber for more information. This event has been approved for select re-certification credits.**

*The content of the presentation is meant for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. As such, it should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a legal professional or other competent advisors. Please contact a licensed attorney to obtain advice with respect to any legal issue discussed in this presentation or regarding a situation specific to your business.

** This activity has been approved for 1.50 HR (General) recertification credit hours toward aPHR™, PHR®, PHRca®, SPHR®, GPHR®, PHRi™, SPHRi™ recertification through HR Certification Institute® (HRCI®)