“Two recent court cases veered from rulings that historically favored employers in states where medical marijuana is legal. Federal law still criminalizes marijuana, but 29 states have approved medical cannabis, and eight others have legalized recreational use. The clash of federal and local regulations doesn’t give employers clear guidance on what actions are permissible. Recent court rulings in Massachusetts and Rhode Island may prove instructive to employers that, while they may have power to declare a drug-free workplace, they still face liability implications under state discrimination laws. Those measures could give some protection to employees who regularly use marijuana to treat a medical condition.”

Source: Erin Mulvaney. “Workplace Marijuana Rules Confronted in Discrimination Cases.” The Legal Intelligence. July 25, 2017. http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/id=1202793851774/Workplace-Marijuana-Rules-Confronted-in-Discrimination-Cases.


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