“The federal government has traditionally relied on states and local law enforcement agencies to address marijuana activity through enforcement of their own narcotics laws.”
– James M. Cole
Earlier this year, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded guidance from the previous administration that adopted non-interference policies with state legislation that was marijuana-friendly. Federal law still considers marijuana to be an illegal drug, despite many states having either legalized or decriminalized marijuana. The main Obama-era directive rescinded was known as the Cole Memo. President Obama’s Deputy Attorney General Jim Cole set forth guidance that discouraged federal prosecutors from cracking down on states where marijuana usage was legalized except in certain circumstances.
It’s important for businesses to be aware of the ever-changing local, state, and federal marijuana laws. In order to avoid discrimination or drug-testing problems from employees or any level of government, have a consultant at BenefitCorp review your current HR materials. It’s effective and cost-efficient to avoid legal problems in the future.