In episode 92, Coffey talks with Mary Ann Fulgium about the legal and practical considerations for employers as more states legalize some or all marijuana use.

They discuss some employers’ changing approach to marijuana testing; Texas’ Compassionate-Use Act; the range of marijuana laws in other states; how the EEOC believes that the Americans with Disabilities Act impacts employers’ marijuana testing practices, including accommodating marijuana users; consideration of past marijuana possession criminal convictions; and Mike’s experience with a weed-distributing Uber driver in San Francisco.

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Mary Ann Fulgium

Mary Ann Fulgium

Mary Ann Fulgium is a senior Human Resources consultant with the Whitney Smith Company where she has worked the past 15 years. The Whitney Smith Company (recently acquired by Higginbotham) is an HR consulting firm located in downtown Fort Worth and has been in business over 30 years.

Through her years with The Whitney Smith Company, Mary Ann has worked with clients of all sizes and from all industries assisting in all types of HR issues and needs. Prior to working for The Whitney Smith Company Mary Ann’s HR experience included both public and private sectors.

She has worked in local government, manufacturing, and healthcare. She has her SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications and is licensed by the state of Texas as a private investigator.


Mary Ann Fulgium can be reached at




  1. Cathie Cantrell

    This has been a recent discussion with our leadership team. Thanks for a few more ideas on how to address the issue.

    BTW – I’m a big fan of both of you. I’ve worked with Mary Ann for years and anytime Mike presents to FWHR I’m guaranteed to learn something.

  2. Jon Linville

    Loved this episode – and the background music had me cracking up!


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