August HRMA Monthly Meeting

Cannabis in The Workplace, Revisited.

HRMA Monthly Luncheon    
August 16, 2022
11:15 AM – 1:00 PM

(Registration closes on Friday, August 12, 2022 for In-Person and Monday, August 15, 2022 for Virtual Registration) 

Guest Speakers


(In Order from left to right)

Rachael Speegle
Verdes Foundation

Elizabeth Heaphy
RMH Lawyers

Maxine Chavez
ABQ Drug Testing Inc.

In New Mexico, recreational sales of marijuana have now been legal for several months.  Today’s discussion marks an opportunity to reflect on the legal, policy, and operational issues that employers encounter in dealing with employees’ marijuana use.  For example, are employers treating recreational marijuana use differently from medical marijuana use?  How does an employer distinguish impairment on the job, as opposed to use on the employee’s time? How are employers determining which positions should be classified as “safety sensitive,” for purposes of drug free policies?  What are the implications of marijuana continuing to be illegal under federal law?  And how are employers handling employee drug-testing issues?  

There has been an increase in THC positivity rates and other drugs, including alcohol. The trends are changing, what can the employer do to keep their workplace drug and alcohol free?  This program will help human resources professionals make valid, consistent decisions concerning cannabis, as well as other drugs of abuse use by employees.

Learning Objectives
•    Recognizing Impairment in the Workplace
•    Medical vs recreational
•    Substance abuse awareness in the Workplace
•    The state and federal legal context surrounding employees’ off-duty us of cannabis
•    Examples of employers’ handling of positive testing
•    Intersection between marijuana-related issues and other employment law considerations, such and job safety and disability accommodations
•    Resources for developing employment policies which comply with the law

About the Speakers

Rachael Speegle:  CEO of Verdes Foundation
Rachael Speegle, Chief Executive Officer, is a registered nurse responsible for excellence in product quality and patient care at The Verdes Foundation, a fully vertically-integrated cultivator, processor, and distributor of medical cannabis headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rachael is also a co-founder of the organization.

At Verdes, Rachael has successfully guided the organization's growth into new products and markets and has developed an innovative approach to evidence-based nursing in medical cannabis. Under her leadership, Verdes has received numerous awards, including awards for corporate responsibility, a family-friendly workplace, and innovation in cannabis delivery. She currently serves as Vice President of the New Mexico Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, is a member of The Conscious Leaders Group, and works as a consultant to cannabis licensees across the country. Rachael is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is currently pursuing an MBA at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Elizabeth Heaphy:  Attorney at RMH Lawyers
Liz Heaphy, an attorney, is a shareholder with the Albuquerque firm of RMH Lawyers, PA. Her legal practice focuses on employment law and commercial litigation. In the field of employment law, Liz counsels clients on a wide range of matters, including compliance with Title VII, the ADA, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the FMLA and the New Mexico Human Rights Act. She also assists employers with creating policies and handbooks; negotiating employment-related agreements; and evaluating hiring and termination decisions. Liz moved to Albuquerque in 2000, after spending her childhood in Holland, Michigan; receiving her BA from the University of Michigan; and obtaining her law degree from Columbia University. In her spare time, Liz enjoys crossword puzzles, creative writing and walking the dog.

Maxine Chavez:  Owner of ABQ Drug Testing Inc.
When Businesses face a crisis, money and equipment missing, a decrease in productivity, increase in accidents, higher absenteeism, they need answers and help to try and get to the root of the problem. The expertise of Maxine Chavez is helping businesses who have been through this stressful experience, implement a drug free workplace. Maxine helps educate her clients on how to best keep their businesses safe, productive and worry free.
Maxine is a native Albuquerquean who loves hiking and biking her way around this beautiful state. The proud mom of 27-year-old daughter Devin and 22-year-old Curtis.

August 16th, 2022 11:15 AM through  1:00 PM
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
2401 12th St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
United States
Event Fee(s)
Event Fee(s)
HRMA Member $35.00
Non HRMA Member $45.00
First Time Attendee $25.00
Pre-Paid Event Bundle (only select if you pre-paid all lunches) $0.00
Board Member $10.00
Student Member $0.00
Virtual Non HRMA Member $25.00
Virtual HRMA Member $15.00
Virtual Pre-Paid Bundle $0.00
Virtual Student Member $0.00
Virtual Board Member $0.00