Election Day 2016 sees three new states add medical marijuana laws
Tags : Drug Screening
On Nov. 8, 2016, voters in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota approved initiatives permitting the lawful use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
As a result, 29 states (and the District of Columbia) will now have comprehensive medical marijuana laws on the books.
Of these newly-approved medical marijuana laws, only Arkansas’ legislation includes language that mentions employers.
Specifically, the law states:
However, it also makes clear that an employer is not required to accommodate the ingestion of marijuana in a workplace or to tolerate an employee working while under the influence of marijuana.
Despite the surge in state-level legislation regarding medical marijuana, it is important to remember that marijuana remains a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act, which means that it is neither lawful to use or possess as a matter of federal law.
Source: Littler Mendelson P.C., 11/9/2016
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