It’s Happening! Medical Marijuana in the Arkansas Workplace
In this session, Wright Lindsey Jennings attorneys will explore the implications of Arkansas’ medical marijuana law in the workplace. The panelists will offer an overview of the current law, recent legislative activity and what to expect as medical marijuana becomes available. The panel will also examine anticipated employment-related compliance issues and scenarios, such as:
- A discussion on the medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries;
- Protections for “qualifying patients” in the hiring, termination and discipline processes, and how employee protections under the FMLA and ADA might come into play;
- How the law intersects with workers compensation law, including a quick primer on drug testing;
- Establishing which jobs have safety-sensitive functions; and
- A to-do list to prepare your workplace, including questions to consider when developing a medical marijuana policy.
Head of Labor and Employment at Wright Lindsey & Jennings
Stuart Jackson advises employers on compliance with civil rights laws and developing personnel policies (including medical marijuana policies), employment agreements and covenants not to compete. Jackson defends employers in federal and state court litigation and appeals involving claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Arkansas Civil Rights Act. Jackson is listed among The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA “Leaders in Their Field” and Mid-South Super Lawyers, and has an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating through Martindale-Hubbell.
Government Relations Team at Wright Lindsey & Jennings
Erika Gee is the team leader of the Wright Lindsey Jennings Medical Marijuana and Industrial Hemp practice, a member of the firm’s Government Relations Practice and a former Chief of Staff and Chief Deputy in the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office. Since returning to Wright Lindsey Jennings in 2015, Gee has developed a regulatory and administrative law practice primarily focused on the pharmacy and medical marijuana industries. She has been actively involved in the implementation and licensure process for medical marijuana businesses in Arkansas and Oklahoma, including regulatory and legislative lobbying, drafting applications and regulatory compliance planning and representation for cultivation facilities, dispensaries, processing facilities, licensed transporters, and other related businesses. She also represents clients seeking licensure to grow and process industrial hemp and who operate wholesale and retail CBD businesses.
Lee Muldrow has been engaged in general litigation and workers’ compensation defense in Little Rock for more than thirty years. His litigation practice primarily involves a wide variety of insurance defense cases, including copyright, trademark and trade dress litigation. His workers’ compensation practice entails representing employers, self-insured companies and insurance carriers. Muldrow is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of “Worker’s Compensation Law” and “Health Law,” Chambers USA and Mid-South Super Lawyers. He has also received an AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rating through Martindale-Hubbell.