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[Monday, November 18, 2019]

Shah Center to Host Session on Cannabis in the Workplace 12/4/19


McHenry County College Shah Center, in partnership with Stateline SHRM, will host "Navigating Cannabis in the Workplace" for employers from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 4 at the Shah Center, 4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry.

On January 1, 2020, Illinois will become the 11th state to allow recreational use of cannabis. Possession or use of marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Regardless of state law, federal rules require substance testing, including marijuana, of certain industries such as trucking, mass transit, airlines, and rail workers. Companies with federal contracts and grants, as well as federal agencies, must have a drug use policy that is enforced.

Session attendees will explore how marijuana laws affect the workplace and learn about drug use and testing policies, including the ability to implement or maintain a zero-tolerance drug policy. During the seminar, attendees will be given information about employer liability, right to privacy, company policies, safety, and reasonable suspicion relating to cannabis in the workplace. The session will be presented by labor attorney Carlos Arevalo, partner at SmithAmundsen, and drug recognition expert Sargent Adam Carson of the Lake in the Hills Police Department.

There is no fee to attend, but registration is required. Contact MCC Shah Center at or (815) 455-8593 to register.