KALEIDOSCOPE Podcast EP 10: Legalization of Marijuana in the Workplace

KALEIDOSCOPE brings you unique new perspectives on the world of insurance through discussions with industry leaders, influencers, and idealists.

In this episode of Kaleidoscope, we discuss the legalization of marijuana in the workplace, the impact and challenges it can create, and most importantly, how employers can navigate the risk.

Joining us is Albert Randall, President at Franklin & Prokopik. Bert has over 23 years of experience as a trial attorney, concentrating in complex matters involving employment, tort liability, and business litigation. Outside of his trial practice, Bert provides general counsel services to Maryland businesses.

Key Takeaways:

  • Nearly 75% of the country has legalized marijuana to some extent; however, it is still illegal at the federal level. This has created challenges when it comes to enforcing workplace policies around marijuana usage. In a tight labor market, there needs to be change. Employers (and insurers) must do a deeper dive into their state’s regulations and identify whether there is any case law that addresses the issue.
  • Funding is now being allocated to study the results of recreational marijuana legalization. More scientific research on this topic is critical and will help aid employers in navigating this changing environment.

This episode is hosted by Frank Pennachio and Susan Toussaint of ReSource Pro’s Growth Solutions Practice. We provide insurance agencies and carriers with consulting and training services, enabling them to elevate sales conversations, compete more effectively in the marketplace, and grow organically. To learn more, visit the Growth Solutions website, or reach out to Susan Toussaint.

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