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Medical Marijuana: Do You Need a POT POLICY?
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When: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
7:30 am-9:30 am
Where: The Plaza Club, 20th Floor
900 Fort Street Mall
United States
Contact: Landon Wong

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SHRM Hawaii Educational Foundation Oahu District
Medical Marijuana: Do You Need a POT POLICY?
What to Know and How it will Impact Our Work Environment
In May 2016 the State Department of Health (DoH) issued eight medical marijuana dispensary licenses.  These dispensaries are now working towards meeting requirements mandated by the DoH.  When these dispensaries open, what impact will medical marijuana have on our hiring or employment practices? As HR professionals, what do we need to be aware or concerned about?  
If you need to get more familiar with the medical marijuana movement and its impact in the work environment, this program is for you!

Mr. Gary Shimabukuro of Laulima Hawaii will educate us on the differences between marijuana, medical marijuana and “spice”, and marijuana’s impact on a person (behaviorally and chemically).

Mr. Paul Saito, Partner at Cades Schutte, LLP will inform us about how the federal government and other states with legalized recreational and medical marijuana are dealing with this issue, what case law is telling us and what you can do as an employer with regards to your policies and employment practices and compliance with state and federal laws.

Mr. Gary Shimabukuro, Owner and Certified Prevention Specialist, Laulima Hawaii


LAULIMA HAWAII is an organization that provides drug awareness and prevention education for the workplace and the community.  Laulima Hawaii is committed to creating a drug free environment in businesses, communities, and families.

Gary Shimabukuro, owner and Certified Prevention Specialist has been providing drug education for businesses, schools, apprenticeship programs, labor organizations, management groups, law enforcement agencies, military personnel and other organizations since 1978. He was a clinical supervisor for a substance abuse treatment program and a former certified trainer and "Trainer of Trainers" for the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Since 1988, these trainings have been provided for organizations all over the world.  Approximately 250,000 people have attended the various training programs throughout the State of Hawaii, Alaska, California, Nevada, Missouri, Washington D.C. and the Pacific Basin, including Guam, Saipan, Palau, Pohnpei, Australia and New Zealand.  Mr. Shimabukuro’s communication skills have effectively overcome language and cultural differences for participants from countries all over the world.


Mr. Paul Saito, Partner at Cades Schutte, LLP


Mr. Saito exclusively represents and provides consultation to employers in labor and employment matters. He has extensive litigation, administrative, and arbitration experience in employee/union relations, discrimination, hiring and discharge, counseling, wage and hour matters, workplace violence, wrongful termination, as well as general labor and employment areas.


In addition to his law practice, Mr. Saito has been very active in community organizations. Mr. Saito served as the Chair of the Hawaii State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section in 2014-2015, was a board member of the Society for Human Resource Management, Hawaii Chapter and serves on the boards of the Hawaii Employers Council and Catholic Charities.  He also volunteers his time with several community based organizations including the Palama Settlement, Aloha Council Boy Scouts, and he is a member of the Rotary Club of Honolulu. Mr. Saito was honored by the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii with its Chairman’s Award, in 2002, and President’s Award, in 2003, in appreciation of the countless hours he has devoted to representing employers before the Hawaii Legislature.

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