Exploring Cannabis Law with retired Judge Mary Celeste

July 25, 2023

If you're curious about cannabis law and the challenges it presents, this episode is a must-listen.

We are joined by Judge Mary A. Celeste (ret.), an educator and legal authority in the field of cannabis law. Mary stresses the need to have a comprehensive understanding of all applicable laws related to marijuana use in the workplace. This includes recreational and medical marijuana laws, disability statutes, discrimination statutes, and appellate cases. It's crucial to be aware of any testing parameters set by your state or city as well. Tune in to gain insights into the evolving landscape of cannabis law and its implications for the workplace.

Judge Mary A. Celeste (ret.) sat on the Denver County Court bench from 2000 to 2015. She was the Presiding Judge from 2009 to 2010 and the co-founder of the Denver County Court Sobriety Court. She is currently a law school professor and university professor teaching Cannabis and the Law and is considered a national content expert on the topic of cannabis. She was a co-coordinator for the 2022 National Interdisciplinary Symposium which included judges, attorneys, law students, specialty court professionals HR, toxicologists/scientists, law enforcement and NORML. It also included cannabis commissioners and the state legislative experts. She has written many articles on the topic of cannabis and is a national speaker and consultant on many topics related to cannabis including, marijuana and drug impaired driving, specialty courts and cannabis, cannabis and juveniles and other topics.

She is a former member of the Judicial Advisory Board for the Foundation for the Advancement of Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR); Faculty for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) and the National Judicial College (NJC). She has also served as the past chair of ABA National Conference of Specialized Court Judges; the President of the American Judge’s Association and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation, and, as a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Judicial Outreach Liaison.


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