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LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN


BY NEIL FORTNER, AVEE LABORATORIES


DATIA Forms New Marijuana Committee


If you were not able to atend the annual DATIA conference in April, you certainly missed out on one of the best-atended conferences we have had in quite some time. Everyone I spoke with had very posi- tive comments from the excellent presen- tations to the wonderful evening events. Kudos to our Conference Commitee, and of course our DATIA staff, for puting together such an outstanding conference. At the conference, I announced the for-


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mation of a Marijuana Commitee whose focus is to educate both employers and employees about marijuana legalization issues and how they impact the workplace. Te issue of marijuana legalization con- tinues to be very prominent, especially at the state level. While the majority of these legalization issues have medical marijuana as their initiative, many of these initiatives are serving as a front to allow recreational use of marijuana. Tis is and should be of great concern to all employers. Feedback from several of our Board mem-


bers in Colorado indicates that there is a lot of confusion among employers, employees and the general public as to how Amend- ment 64 (Colorado’s marijuana legalization amendment) affects them on a business and personal basis. Based on this, we have launched a program to develop training and education materials that will be avail- able through training seminars, brochures,


reetings to All! I hope everyone is enjoying all the fun, sun and relaxation that summer has to offer.


webinars and on the DATIA website that will help to clarify, where possible, the issues associated with Amendment 64. On a related note, there are currently


two bills before the House of Represen- tatives. Tese two bills, HR1523 and HR499, atempt to legalize marijuana and/or completely remove it from the scheduled narcotics list. While these bills have yet to be voted on, I would strongly encourage you to write your Congres- sional Representatives and your Senators and urge them to kill these two bills. You can find more information on these bills through DATIA’s State Track page and write your Congressmen through Capwiz. Both can be found under the “Advocacy” tab on the DATIA homepage. Tanks to Brian Drew, a member of our Board of Di- rectors, for bringing these two important bills to our atention. We will keep you informed of any develop-


ments or changes in the efforts to legalize marijuana via our newsleters and website. Until next time, embrace the joys of


summer and, above all, be safe! ❚ Best Regards,


Neil Fortner DATIA Chairman


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