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    August Chapter Meeting (Breakfast): Marijuana and the Workplace: What’s New for 2021?

    Date: August 12, 2021, 7:45am – 9:00am
    Lynchburg Regional SHRM Inc.
    Legacy Wealth Management Group Auditorium - 1971 English Tavern Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24501
    $15 for Members and $20 for Guests
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    Topic: Marijuana and the Workplace: What’s New for 2021? 

    Employers have been struggling with confusing marijuana laws for years—and the rules are getting tougher to navigate as more states add employment protections.

    Learners will gain knowledge, insight, and answers to the following:

    • New developments with drug testing and marijuana laws
    • April 21, 2021, VA Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill legalizing simple marijuana possession for adults. What will be the effects will be in the workplace?
    • Are there local employers who are not permitted to screen new hires for marijuana for pre-employment purposes
    • Is VA a state that allows marijuana for medicinal use also? Are we seeing any implications in the workplace?
    • Do you find more and more employers are limiting pre-employment marijuana screening?
    • Off-duty recreational marijuana use and its impact on the workplace
    • What does it mean to be a registered marijuana medical patient? If this person is involved in an on-the-job accident, does the employer waived the post-accident drug test?
    • Should employers who are struggling with filling vacant positions relax their pre-employment drug screening standards amidst new legislation?


    Speaker: Ryan Gordon, Founder and President, Blue Ridge Scientific Transport

    Ryan graduated from Bluefield College in 1998 with a degree in Business Management, and a minor in Communications. Soon after graduation, he moved into the medical field where he developed a passion for anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. After spending over 10 years in the medical field, Ryan founded Blue Ridge Scientific, with the goal of quickly becoming an expert in drug and alcohol testing. He currently holds expert certifications as a Professional Collector as well as an Evidential Breath Tester, certified through the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA). He is also a DATIA Certified Medical Review Officer Assistant where he works closely with employers to help them understand all of the ins and outs of their drug and alcohol testing programs.

    As President of Blue Ridge Scientific, Ryan has built a drug and alcohol testing service that focuses on delivering world class accuracy and unparalleled customer service to over 100 local businesses. He and his team work diligently to provide onsite services, as well as an office environment that meets and exceeds the needs of area employers.

    Outside of work Ryan is a husband to an amazing wife and father to four incredible children. He has been a USA Swimming Certified Official for many years and loves watching his children excel in the water. When he and his wife aren’t by the pool you can find them on their bikes somewhere pedaling up a mountain or bombing a descent.   


    Approved for SHRM Credit (1.00 "General HR" Credit Hour)

    Approved for HRCI Credit (1.00 PDC Credit Hour)


    Blue Ridge Scientific Transport


    Click Here to register for this meeting by 8pm on Tuesday August 3rd.