Medical marijuana workshop planned

STEUBENVILLE — The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, with co-sponsorship by Eastern Gateway Community College, will host a workshop on the impending legalization of medical marijuana in Ohio.

The workshop, part of the chamber’s ongoing series, will be held from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 13 in the second-floor community room at the Towers at 500 Market St.

Ohio’s legalization of medical marijuana under qualifying circumstances and conditions takes effect in September. Most employers are being given options about permitting or accommodating employees using medical marijuana, the chamber said, but the decision can be challenging.

Businesses face issues including safety, security, public image, impairment and the realities of a tight labor market.

The workshop is being presented by Working Partners, an Ohio-based firm specializing in drug-free workplace issues.

The presentation will include raising awareness of business and operational issues with legal medical marijuana, increased understanding of the drug-free workplace program issues facing employers and employees and review of key decisions relating to policy, operations and employee or supervisor awareness.

The workshop is open to the public with local businesses and organizations urged to attend by the chamber. The cost is $25 per person, with a continental breakfast. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, visit www.jeffersoncountychamber.com and click on the event on the scrolling calendar, or call the chamber at (740) 282-6226. The event is approved for select recertification credits in human resources.

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