Irvine-Based Lawyer Discusses History of Cannabis and How It’ll Effect Employment In The Future

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If you thought it was kosher to test positive for THC now that cannabis is legal in California, think again. Last Wednesday morning, the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce gathered at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona Del Mar for a networking luncheon focusing on Proposition 64, or AUMA, and how the new cannabis laws will effect the workplace. Although no one truly knows how the laws will play-out, Ron Brand, an Irvine-based labor and employment law attorney, tried to provide some answers for an audience of nearly 40 people ranging between the ages of 30 and 80 years old.

He kicked off the lecture by giving a brief timeline of cannabis’ complex, twisted history. Starting before 1900 the cannabis plant was regularly used in the United States. But when an influx of Mexicans arrived in the U.S. in the early 1900s, the government’s perspective on the plant quickly shifted. “There is a racist component to marijuana prohibition,” explained Brand. “After the Mexican revolution in 1910 lots of Mexicans immigrated to the United States. America didn’t want them here so they used marijuana as a way of highlighting all the problems they caused.” To continue reading