Voters in Colorado and Washington state recently approved legalization of marijuana for recreational use, and 17 states have already OK’d medical pot. But take note: Employers—even in those states—can still set strict drug-use policies for their employees and punish employees who fail drug tests. In fact, several large employers in Washington—including Boeing and Costco—have said they’ll continue to prohibit marijuana usage regardless of state law.
The Colorado law explicitly says, “Nothing in this (law) is intended to require an employer to permit or to accommodate (marijuana’s) use … or to affect the ability of employers to have policies restricting the use of marijuana by employees.”
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