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The Legal Series

The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present The Legal Series, led by Eaton Peabody attorneys. These informal breakfast gatherings will tackle timely legal topics that are relevant to the business community.

The Effects of Marijuana Legalization on the Workplace in 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
8:00-8:30 - Continental Breakfast & Networking
8:30-10:00 – Presentation/Q&A
Maine Lighthouse Museum
1 Park Drive, Rockland

During this seminar, Gretchen Jones and Sarah Newell will discuss issues for consideration by Maine businesses as a result of the illegality of marijuana and marijuana businesses under federal law. They will share with you the current status of the law and guidance intended to assist professionals, businesses, and insurers in assessing and addressing the risks presented by marijuana legalization in Maine. 

The presentation will cover:

  • Law enforcement expectations
  • Due diligence
  • Best practices
  • Other risk management issues

The Chamber partnered with Eaton Peabody to cover this topic last year, but we are offering it again now, as this is a rapidly evolving topic.

Gretchen Jones

Shareholder and Chair, Business Law Practice Group

Gretchen has extensive experience in representing businesses and financial institutions in transactional matters as well as before the Maine Legislature, members of Congress, federal financial regulators and state agencies. She also represents individuals and business entities in business succession and transition planning and estate planning and administration. Her expertise encompasses serving as general outside counsel; governance; regulatory compliance; finance; charter conversions; and mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations. She is a frequent speaker on a variety of legal issues including financial services regulatory matters and business planning. Representative groups include the Credit Union National Association; Maine Bankers Association; Maine Credit Unions’ Compliance Council; Chambers of Commerce and state Credit Union Leagues.


Sarah Newell


Sarah Newell represents employers in the private, nonprofit and public sectors and her practice is focused on employment and labor law. She assists clients with a broad range of issues including wage & hour, sexual harassment, FMLA, employee discipline and discharge, discrimination, whistleblower actions, collective bargaining, contract administration, labor arbitration, and other employment and labor issues. Sarah also investigates complaints of discrimination for employers, colleges, and universities on a regular basis.





This event is open to the public. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Admission, which includes continental breakfast, is $10 for Chamber members, and $20 for non-members. Registration deadline is Monday, March 9, at noon.

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