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Maine DOL to discuss workplace effects of medical marijuana


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Augusta, ME – The Maine Department of Labor has announced the formation of a workgroup to study the state’s drug-testing law and the workplace ramifications of medical marijuana.

MDOL’s Bureau of Labor Standards has scheduled meetings through mid-September for presentations and research discussions. The agency’s goal is to develop recommendations for state lawmakers by January 2016.

The meetings are open to the public and will take place at the department’s office in Augusta. Upcoming topics include:

  • July 14 – Exemption for employers with federal testing programs
  • July 29 – Employers’ concerns or issues with medical marijuana in the workplace
  • Aug. 11 – How to gauge impairment
  • Aug. 18 – Employee assistance programs and substance-abuse rehab programs
  • Sept. 3 – What is a significant first accident to determine probable cause?
  • Sept. 9 – Catch-up and wrap-up, final meeting

“Both employers and employees need laws with clear standards that are enforceable,” Maine Gov. Paul R. LePage (R) said in a press release.

For more information on participating in the workgroup, call Mark Dawson at (207) 623-7904 or Amanda O’Leary at (207) 623-7902.