Act 16 of 2016, the Medical Marijuana Act (MMA), 35 Pa.C.S.A. §10231.101, et seq., effective May 17, 2016, puts Pennsylvania among the growing number of states permitting the use of marijuana for prescribed medicinal purposes. The MMA, like all state laws purporting to “legalize” marijuana use, squarely conflicts with federal law, which still considers marijuana to be a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act with no legitimate medical uses, see 21 U.S.C. Sections 812(b)(1)(A)-(C); 844(a).
The MMA acknowledges: “Nothing in this act shall require an employer to commit any act that would put the employer or any person acting on its behalf in violation of federal law.” The MMA creates uncertainty with respect to the application and enforceability of employer “zero tolerance” and similar policies against the use of illegal drugs, injects new risks into the workplace and adds still more potential claims to the ever-growing list of employment-related causes of action.
The Medical Marijuana Act (“MMA”) provides for a system through which individuals suffering from one of seventeen “serious medical conditions” (e.g., cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease) can obtain and use medical marijuana for treatment. It governs the growth, processing, and dispensing of medical marijuana to eligible individuals.
Creative Solutions Available through Mediation
One of the most significant benefits to mediation is the ability for the parties to tailor creative solutions to resolve their legal problem. This makes mediation an attractive option for a number of different types of situations. Some solutions that have arisen in the realm of mediation include the following:
New Repayment Options
In foreclosure or creditor mediation, parties may agree to a new repayment plan. Debtors may have gotten behind on a debt because of job loss, illness or other unforeseen circumstances. New repayment options may include a temporary forbearance on payments, a longer period of time to repay.
In contract cases, the parties may agree to restructure the existing contract. The parties may not have anticipated certain problems arising, or the contract may not be as feasible under current circumstances. They may make a new contract or may agree to use each other for new business opportunities that arise in the future.
Sometimes the parties may decide to part ways but may agree to provide a positive recommendation for a party involved. This may occur in situations involving employment disputes in which the employer does not want to continue the employment relationship but wants to satisfy the employee’s claim.
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