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HCC offering medical marijuana class for employers

November 17, 2015

Medical marijuana legislation went into effect January 1, 2014. Recently, the State of Illinois announced qualifying patients and caregivers could start purchasing medical cannabis from eight dispensaries throughout the state.

What does this mean for employers? It’s time to be proactive, get educated and examine workplace drug policies.

About the Class

HCC is offering Medical Marijuana in the Workplace, a customized training that gives attendees the tools and information they need to make decisions related to medical marijuana use at their respective organizations.

It also addresses topics such as laws and legislation around medical cannabis, employees’ rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and discussion on how employers can manage their drug policies.

The course is taught by Falcon Safety Group.

Understand Medical Marijuana

“When it comes to using marijuana, most people think of getting high,” said Chris Wildrick, HR business partner for Falcon Safety Group. “Employers might wonder if staff members can perform their job duties while medicating with marijuana. Not all cannabis has the same effects. It’s important to consider that when you're trying to make decisions about your drug policy.”

Wildrick also mentioned there are many variables to medical marijuana, but they are manageable. Employers just need to know what the variables are.

The course has been offered at other community colleges within the state and was well received. Dean of Continuing Education, Julie Elzanati, hopes the class helps small and medium-sized businesses who may not have ready-access to attorneys. “Laws and legislations can be complicated,” she commented. “As the medical marijuana market ramps up, we want to help others be prepared to respond to legislative changes.”

Course Information

Date: Tuesday, December 8
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Place: ACEC room 2210
Cost: $49 (includes lunch)
Register: Call 309-268-4439 or email

Written by: Becky Gropp