In November of 2022, voters in Missouri and Maryland cast their ballots in favor of legalized marijuana for recreational use. There are now nearly two dozen states in which recreational use of marijuana is legal and signs that more states many soon join them in the coming years. And there are signs that federal legalization of marijuana—once unthinkable—may be a reality in the near future.
Thousands of state, county and municipal law enforcement officers are now working in states where marijuana is apparently legal for use by members of nearly every profession except law enforcement. And this is leading to a complicated set of legal questions related to law enforcement agencies’ ability to make hiring and disciplinary decisions based on off-duty marijuana use.
In this webinar, Attorney Matt Dolan will discuss the latest case law and practical considerations related to:
• The right of police departments to hold officers to a higher standard than civilians in hiring and discipline
• Federal versus state law regarding marijuana legalization
• The role of Conduct Unbecoming standards in analyzing off-duty marijuana use
• Practical considerations re: staffing in light of widespread cultural acceptance of marijuana use