By James DeChene, Armitage, DeChene & Associates
Marijuana has been in the news recently as both New Jersey and Virginia have legalized its recreational use. Here at home, articles in the News Journal and the Delaware State News have reported that legislation will be introduced this month in order to legalize its recreational use in Delaware. While specifics haven’t been released on the latest draft, the State Chamber is bracing itself to make the same arguments protecting its members from a number of issues seen in prior versions. Most notably there is still no instant spot test to gauge impairment, and historically these bills have not included protections to employers from liability stemming from accidents or other issues related to employee use.
While supporters may point to New Jersey, Virginia, and other states as proof that legalization works, it remains important to note that for the business community there remain significant issues surrounding legalization. In fact, those issues will be the focus of a Marijuana Roundtable discussion at the the State Chamber's Manufacturing and Policy Conference taking place on March 24th. Attendees will hear from representatives from states with legalization on the books and learn about the challenges employers faced with implementation and their new marijuana reality. Speakers include:
• Moderator: Rustyn Stoops, Executive Director, Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership
• Thomas Sanford, CEO, Eagle Precision Sheet Metal and Turk Manufacturing (invited)
• Mitch Magee, Director Global Advanced Manufacturing Technology, PPG Aerospace
• Anthony Macherone, Senior Scientist, Agilent Technologies
For more details, and to register, click here.