WFJ Presents: Minnesota’s Medical Marijuana Law and Its Impact on Employment Law

Minnesota recently passed legislation becoming the 22nd state to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposed. Minnesota’s law is one of the strictest in the country. The law creates a patient registry that controls who may obtain the drug. While much of the law is aimed at the criminal and health side of things, the law also has some provisions that affect employers in Minnesota.

Success Story—Helping a Member Clear His Name

One of our members, a retired law enforcement officer, applied for a handgun purchase permit. The NICS background check found an arrest warrant from 1952 in Nebraska. Our member had no knowledge of his supposed arrest or charge, as this was an error in their records

Car Accidents and Criminal Charges

In 2011, there were 72,117 car accidents in Minnesota, resulting in 30,295 injuries and 368 fatalities. Most of these accidents resulted from driver inattention/distraction, failure to yield right-of-way, and illegal or unsafe speed. The consequences for the parties involved can be overwhelming. Medical treatment expenses, an increase in insurance premiums, and the stress of car repair are just a few possible results of an accident. In addition to consulting an attorney to obtain a settlement for an injury, one should also consider the criminal consequences of car crashes, such as the following:

When Will a Criminal Expungement Request be Granted in Minnesota?

When a person is arrested, charged, and/or convicted of a crime, records of the incident are kept by several different government offices. These include, but are not limited to: courts, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (“BCA”), and other government agencies like the Department of Human Services. Expungement is the process in which a person can appear in court to request that all or some of these records be sealed to prevent the incident from appearing on a background check for employment, housing, professional license, etc.

Under Arrest? Know Your Rights!

The FBI estimates there are over 14 million arrests made each year in the United States. The U.S. Constitution affords arrestees several important rights, including the right against self-incrimination. Most people are familiar with the “Miranda Warning” from television and movies, but there are some common misconceptions.

DWI: Do’s and Don’t’s

If you have had a couple drinks (or more) and you get pulled over by a police offer, consider these tips:

Always have your license, registration, and proof of insurance in a location where you can easily find them. Police officers take notice if you fumble around looking for these items, which can be a sign of impairment.