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Cannabis and the Workplace: Q&A on Oregon’s Legalization of Adult Marijuana

With last November’s voter approval of Measure 91, Oregon is now one of four states that have legalized adult use of recreational marijuana.

Colorado, Washington and Alaska also are members of the legal cannabis club. Like Oregon, all are among states that have passed medical marijuana laws.

Before you go lighting up, there are a few things to consider about legal weed and the workplace. Most obvious, the law permitting possession of up to 1 ounce of marijuana in a public place and up to 8 ounces at home doesn’t take effect until July 1, 2015.

We asked two Portland attorneys with expertise in employment law to answer a few questions. Here are highlights from those conversations with Scott Hunt, a partner with Busse and Hunt who represents employees, and Andrew Schpak, a partner with Barran Liebman, who represents management. Responses have been edited for clarity.  [Read more at the Portland Oregonian]


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