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Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Virtual Conference


Employment Issues Regarding Cannabis

As an increasing number of states legalize cannabis, employers are faced with the new challenge of
incorporating legal cannabis use into the workplace. Employers in states where recreational and/or
medical cannabis is legal may struggle to adjust their policies and workforce expectations to
rapidly changing state requirements, particularly where those requirements conflict

with federal law. This presentation summarizes the relevant legal landscape for employers in states
where cannabis is legal in some form and provides information regarding best practices for the
workplace, covering:

• applicable federal and local laws,

• methods for managing medical cannabis in the workplace,

• tips for regulating recreational cannabis in the workplace, and

• best practices for cannabis testing.


Laura Nava, Special Counsel/Registered Foreign Legal Consultant, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton,
San Diego, CA


Nikki Adame Winningham, Environmental Corporate Counsel, Pfizer & HNBA Latina Commissioner, New
York, NY


Luis Salazar, Founder/Partner, Law & HNBA Law Practice Ma Section Chair, Miami, FL


Christopher M. Pardo, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth, Boston, MA

Morgan Forsey, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, San Francisco, CA Tom Nolasco, General
Counsel/Attorney, National Association of Cannabis Businesses, Attorney, Dickinson Wright, Phoenix,

Grissel Seijo, Counsel, Employment and Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Restaurant Brands
International & HNBA Latina Leadership Academy Committee Co- Chair, Miami, FL

Phillip Neiman, Arbitrator and Mediator,

JAMS, San Francisco, CA



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