“Now Is The Time” To Set Internal Policy On Medical Marijuana

Arkansas employers are running out of prep time before medical marijuana becomes available, so it’s crucial to begin now defining internal policies and procedures, said Little Rock attorney J. Bruce Cross of Cross, Gunter, Witherspoon & Galchus.

In an address to the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce at the group’s First Friday Breakfast event on Friday (Nov. 3), Cross urged businesses and organizations to get familiar with four terms as they are defined by the recent Act 593 amendment passed earlier this year: employer, employee, “under the influence,” and “safety-sensitive positions.”

For the law’s purpose, employers are defined by the same standards of the Arkansas Civil Rights Act, which means they employ nine or more employees in-state “for 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or proceeding calendar year,” Cross said, adding that employees follow the same ACRA standards and do not include independent contractors, employees who work for their immediate family, individuals participating in a specialized employment training program conducted by a nonprofit sheltered workshop or rehabilitation facility, or individuals employed outside of Arkansas.     MORE

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