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Marijuana laws present challenges for employers

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Federal marijuana laws outlaw all marijuana use, sale, and production. But 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Ten states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational use as well. How do employers manage their workplaces with these contradictory laws? Well, it’s complicated.

Employers must craft a marijuana in the workplace policy that conforms to applicable state laws. The policy will have to address:

  • Whether the employer will test for marijuana or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the mind-altering chemical in marijuana;
  • Whether employees may or may not be under the influence of marijuana while working;
  • How medical marijuana use is treated when accommodating employee disabilities; and
  • What restrictions apply to each job in the workplace.

There is no one size fits all marijuana policy in the workplace. Each employer must develop a policy that fits the type of work pe...(register to read more)

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Eddie June 12, 2019 at 9:28 am

I don’t think it complicated at all. In any and all legal states, it should be completely removed from testing and be treated as with alcohol. Its actually quite simple. This is the biggest confusing part that officials do not want to emphasize on is that any state that has passed recreational cannabis laws actually have sovereign rights to do so and is completely seperate from federal law within that state. The exception being federal jobs within the state of course. Employees rights are being violated when they cannot legally consume cannabis at home after working hours. The word “complicated” is just an excuse created by politicians and extreme conservative employers. This HAS to stop immediately. We should not have to wait for big brother federal laws to change. If so what the hell is the point of passing a state law legalizing consumption of cannabis if citizens cannot take advantage of that law? States have lots of laws in which are seperate from federal, yet those are not scrutinized as much as this.


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