Should Recreational Marijuana Be Legal? Chamber Committee to Discuss Issue This Week

March 14, 2016

The Michigan Chamber’s Health and Human Resources (HHR) Committee will meet this week to discuss efforts by two groups to put the legalization of recreational marijuana on the November ballot.

Chamber members who volunteer and participate on the Chamber’s HHR Committee will work to develop a recommendation to the Michigan Chamber’s Board of Directors on this issue. While on its face legalization of marijuana appears to be a social issue not warranting the Chamber’s involvement, legalization potentially raises a host of workplace and human resources dilemmas and concerns for employers. The Committee will discuss whether to recommend to the Chamber’s Board of Directors whether we should engage in this fight. The Committee will also discuss efforts to extend MIOSHA protections to paid and unpaid interns and efforts to appropriate dollars to graduate medical education programs.

The HHR Committee is made up of a diverse group of businesspeople, human resources professionals, and employment law practitioners who volunteer their time to review and analyze legislative, regulatory and ballot proposals that would impact Chamber members. If you are interested in getting involved in this committee or have questions about health or human resources related topics, please contact Wendy Block at

For a more in-depth look at the impact of the federal Controlled Substances Act on Michigan law, join us for the Medical Marihuana Haze: Legal Developments in Michigan webinar on April 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.