Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana Patients Afforded Workplace Protections

Massachusetts: Medical Marijuana Patients Afforded Workplace Protections

MASSACHUSETTS: State-registered medical cannabis patients may sue a private employer for discrimination if they are fired for their off-the-job marijuana use, according to a first in the nation ruling issued Monday by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Opining for the court, Chief Justice Ralph Gants determined that it is “not facially unreasonable” for employers to make exceptions to Read the full article…

Legal Use Of Marijuana Clashes With Job Rules

Even as 23 states allow medical or recreational marijuana, employment experts say that most businesses are keeping their drug-free policies.

COLORADO:  Brandon Coats knew he was going to fail his drug test. Paralyzed in a car crash when he was 16, he had been using medical marijuana since 2009 to relieve the painful spasms that jolted his body. But he smoked mostly at night, and said marijuana had never hurt his performance answering customer calls Read the full article…

How To Handle Medical Marijuana Use Among Employees

An employee has an accident, and on the required drug screen, the employee tests positive for marijuana. But said employee has a medical marijuana prescription, and says they weren’t under the influence on the job.

FLORIDA: Here’s the hypothetical: You’re a Jacksonville shipping company with a super strict drug-free workplace policy. An employee has an accident, and on the required drug screen, the employee tests positive for marijuana. But said employee has a medical marijuana prescription, and says they weren’t under the influence on the job. Now what? The hypothetical situation Read the full article…

Neither Marijuana Nor Alcohol Should Get You Fired, Americans Say

That's an identical ratio to the response for whether or not it would be unacceptable for a company to fire an employee for after-hours drinking, with 64 percent saying it would be unacceptable, compared to 22 percent who found it acceptable.

Almost two-thirds of Americans think it would be unacceptable for a company to fire an employee for off-the-clock marijuana use in states where using marijuana is legal, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll – the same percentage that said it would be unacceptable to fire an employee for off-hours drinking. According to the new poll, a majority Read the full article…