A luncheon and informative session on the employer’s side of medical marijuana in the workplace is planned for Friday, Jan. 18 at the Northeast Tech-Afton Campus.

The session will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to event coordinator Joy Justice.

Since the passage of State Question 788 in June, Oklahoma employers have been concerned about what impact the law will have on their employment practices.

Information will be presented about a protected class of employees — medical marijuana cardholders — and steps to take in order to comply with Oklahoma employment laws and SQ 788.

“A lot of the confusion is going to be with companies that have a drug testing policy for their employees who are medical marijuana cardholders because they would test positive,” said Justice, Northeast Tech Center Business Development Consultant. “The issue becomes what to employers do when employees are acting under the influence.

"It’s one thing to say you can’t smoke two hours before you start your job, you can’t smoke on your lunch break — you are getting into some gray areas.”

Randall Snapps, co-chair of Crowe & Dunlevy’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, will be the speaker.

Snapps has focused his practice exclusively in employment law, worker’s compensation law and commercial litigation since 1987.

Crowe, based in Tulsa, restricts his employment law practice to the representation of management and employers.

“This is a law that was passed, yet there is so much that is going to be explored probably through the court system,” Justice said. “There is a lot of science that is going to have to catch up.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Grove Area Chamber of Commerce and Northeast Tech Business & Industry Services and Crowe & Dunlevy.

Cost of the luncheon is $15. To RSVP, persons interested may visit to the Northeast Tech Center’s website. There is a button to confirm attendance.

For more information, persons interested may contact Justice at 918-257-8324 for more information.