Members Only Members-only Roundtable: Marijuana Legalization Policies and Procedures

Justice Resource Institute, 160 Gould Street Needham Heights, MA 02494

The Providers’ Council is hosting a members-only roundtable to discuss how the legalization of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts has impacted policies and procedures at human services organization across the Commonwealth. Now that retail establishments are open and there’s easier access to marijuana, HR policies and labor and employment law are constantly evolving. Panelists will discuss the impact of marijuana legalization and how human services agencies can best prepare for policy changes.

This roundtable will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, February 20th, at Justice Resource Institute in Needham.

Roundtable Agenda:

  1. Introductions
  2. Panel members share their background and experiences with policies surrounding marijuana legalization in Massachusetts
  3. Discussion
  4. Q&A

Discussion Questions:

  • How are human services organizations changing internal policies and procedures regarding marijuana?
  • What is being added to employee handbooks?
  • Are employees allowed to use marijuana on their own time if they are sober at work?
  • If a driver or employee is using marijuana the prior night, how is the organization sure they are sober in the morning when reporting for their shift?
  • If an organization receives federal funding, could legal employee use in Massachusetts jeopardize that?


  • Beth Lacey, Senior Vice President Community Services, Advocates
  • Peter Moser,  Attorney, Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP
  • Gauri Bhalakia, President, ARCpoint Labs of Southboro-Framingham

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda McCarthy by email or phone: 617-428-3637 x 128.


Member price: $25
Non-member price: N/A


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