New Britain chamber hosting 'Business Responsibilities Under the CT Cannabis Law' seminar

Published on Friday, 22 October 2021 14:40
Written by Ciara Hooks


NEW BRITAIN – The Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce will host a “Business Responsibilities Under the CT Cannabis Law” seminar this Wednesday to help employers understand what their responsibilities are as they apply to the workplace.

“The state of Connecticut has legalized cannabis use for people 21 and over and it’s causing some concerns and questions for business owners on what they can and cannot do in terms of cannabis in the workplace,” said Bill Moore, Greater New Britain Chamber president. “Those attending the seminar will leave with a better understanding of their rights as an employer to manage the use of marijuana as it applies to their workplace. They will understand the components of a policy on the use of cannabis and how to create an effective policy to protect their business’ and their employees’ rights.”

Both chamber members and non-members are invited to the NEXUS Conference Center at Klingberg Family Center for the seminar and a light breakfast at 7:30 a.m.

“The intent of the program is to answer those questions: can I set a policy to prohibit it; what about on employees’ personal time, their break time; what about people who use cannabis oil products as a treatment for pain relief and does that show up if there’s testing; can I test, what kind of testing can I do, what kind of testing can I get done,” Moore said. “So, it’s really going to run the whole gamut of what’s out there.”

The seminar will make employers aware of what the requirements and regulations are.

“So, we’re going to address all the issues related to personal use,” said Moore. “THC can stay in the body up to 30 days and if you’re doing random testing of your employees and they come in and three weeks ago they were experimenting with it at home or smoking it at home and it shows up today is there a problem what levels of testing, does it affect their ability to do their job safely, at what levels does it affect safety in the workplace for other employees?”

The seminar will be led by Updike, Kelly & Spellacy Attorneys Christopher L. Brigham and Valerie M. Ferdon.

“Their focus within the practice is on employment law, so they’re imminently qualified to discuss what’s going on,” said Moore.

Since July 1, Connecticut has allowed individuals aged 21 and older to possess or consume up to 1.5 ounces of what is legislatively called “cannabis plant material,” marijuana. In addition, they may possess up to five ounces in a locked container in their home or in the trunk or locked glove box in their vehicle. As of October 1, medical marijuana patients are allowed to grow up to three mature and three immature plants at home, up to a maximum of 12 total plants per household.

There is a $20 per person registration fee for chamber members and $30 fee for non-members. Breakfast is included in the fee.

To register, visit the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce website at, call 860-229-1665 or send an email to

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Friday, 22 October 2021 14:40. Updated: Friday, 22 October 2021 14:42.