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"Why S.C. employers should care about legalized marijuana”

Viewpoint

The Charleston Regional Business Journal

September 23, 2013

Molly Hughes Cherry, an employment and labor law specialist, along with summer associate Kara Grevey, recently tackled a sensitive issue.

The Charleston Regional Business Journal published their article “Why S.C. employers should care about legalized marijuana” in its “Viewpoint” Op-Ed section on September 23rd.

It begins:

The relaxation of state laws forbidding the possession and use of marijuana, either for recreational or medicinal purposes, has steadily gained traction in the past decade. On August 29, the Justice Department sent a memo to the country’s 94 U.S. attorneys’ offices informing prosecutors that the federal government will not sue to stop newly enacted laws in Colorado and Washington. Those two states recently passed Amendment 64 and Initiative 502, respectively, decriminalizing the recreational use of the drug.

 

While legalized recreational use remains the outlier, lawful medicinal marijuana is far more common. Twenty states and the District of Columbia have laws allowing for medical marijuana, and as of this summer, four additional states have legislation pending.

 

Read more from the Charleston Regional Business Journal.

The South Carolina Supreme Court Certified Molly as a Specialist in Employment and Labor Law.  She also serves on the state's Employment & Labor Law Specializaton Advisory Board.  Kara Grevey is a third-year law student at the University of South Carolina School of Law.

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