A firefighter testing positive for marijuana use could lose his job or could be subject to discipline. But marijuana has been legalized for medical purposes in more than 30 states. So is a firefighter using marijuana off-duty for medical purposes protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? Or state law? What about a firefighter who claims that her positive THC test came from use of CBD products? And what about a firefighter who's on a prescribed, legal medication that could affect her judgement ability at work? Can a fire chief demand that the firefighter be tested? And then what? This workshop will help fire chiefs prepare to effectively and successfully answer these questions.
Participants will be able to distinguish between federal and state rules regarding employer accomodation of medical marijuana use
Participants will be able to assemble the elements of a program for dealing with legal drugs that could affect firefighter performance and behavior
Participants will be able to identify state and local resources for their jurisdiction regarding workplace drug testing