Medical Marijuana Is About To Become Legal In Illinois

ILLINOIS:  On January 1, 2014, usage of marijuana for medicinal purposes will become legal in Illinois. The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act creates a four-year pilot program that will allow patients diagnosed with one of a list of specific, debilitating medical conditions to use medicinal marijuana. The purpose of the act is to protect patients with such debilitating medical conditions, as well as their physicians and providers, from arrest and prosecution for engaging in the medical use of cannabis.

Qualifying individuals, designated as “registered qualified patients,” will be issued a Registry Identification Card by the Department of Public Health.

So what does this mean for Illinois employers?

The act contains specific provisions regarding the workplace that attempt to balance the interests of employers and employees. On the plus side for employers, the act’s language strives to minimize its impact on existing workplace policies and liabilities. [Read more…]