More states are approving the use of Medical Marijuana. The consequences? Safety and drug policy issues for employers & employees who want insurance carriers to cover their marijuana use.
Conditions Qualifying for Treatment by Medical Marijuana
States with medical marijuana laws typically permit people with these serious medical conditions* to use marijuana without penalty:
♦ Crohn’s Disease
♦ Multiple Sclerosis
♦ Parkinson’s Disease
♦ Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
* Varies by state
Several U.S. states have approved medical marijuana. Others allow limited access to marijuana or cannabidiol.
Employers with a zero-tolerance drug policy are NOT OBLIGATED to allow marijuana use during work.
Employers could face discrimination charges for refusing to hire or for terminating an employee based on his/her Medical Marijuana use.
Enforcement can be tricky for employers who allow employees to use Medical Marijuana at home.
…use an intoxication defense to dispute a Worker’s Compensation claim if marijuana is alleged to be a factor in workplace injury?
Despite the ambiguity, employers can protect themselves…