In a recent decision, Palmiter v. Commonwealth Health Systems, the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas held that: (a) the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act (“MMA”) creates a private right of action for wrongful termination; and, alternatively, (b) an employee who claims to have been terminated for medical marijuana use authorized under the MMA can bring a claim of wrongful termination in violation of public policy.  This Pennsylvania court now joins courts in several other states, including Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, which have allowed adverse action claims against employers by employees or applicants who used medical marijuana under state law.
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In 2016, Pennsylvania enacted its “Medical Marijuana Act” (MMA), which permits individuals suffering from certain conditions to use marijuana for medicinal use. Several provisions in the MMA impact employers. For instance, the MMA makes it unlawful for an employer to “discharge, threaten, refuse to hire or otherwise discriminate or retaliate against an employee regarding an employee’s compensation, terms, conditions, location or privileges solely on the basis of such employee’s status as an individual who is certified to use medical marijuana.” In other words, taking adverse action against an employee based solely on the individual’s status as a medical marijuana cardholder would likely be considered discrimination under the MMA.
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Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

The southeast was a hotbed of marijuana-related activity this week.  In Florida, Make It Legal’s ballot initiative to legalize adult-use cannabis gathered enough signatures to trigger a Supreme Court review.

In Georgia, the state’s

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

Hemp was in the news quite a bit this week.  The 2019 edition of the Hemp and CBD Industry Factbook released figures that show retail sales of CBD topping $1 billion this year, and predicted that

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

You might think news about Rudy Giuliani and Ukraine wouldn’t appear on a blog devoted to cannabis, but you’d be wrong.  Two of the former mayor’s associates were indicted for moving foreign money into U.S. elections. 

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

We start off today with Pennsylvania.  Could it be the next state to legalize?  First, the state’s attorney general  announced that he is in favor.  Meanwhile, the governor asked the Pardons Board to speed up applications

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

Let’s start off with the big news: the SAFE Act passed in the House.  For news coverage, see here, here and here.  For our take on this legislation (spoiler alert: we’re not so sanguine

Welcome back to The Week in Weed, your Friday look at what’s happening in the world of legalized marijuana.

Possibly the biggest news this week was the first ever Congressional hearing on cannabis banking.  From the hearing’s webpage, you can watch the hearing, read the committee’s memorandum and read the witnesses’ prepared statements.   The