Medical Marijuana and the Workplace :: Not What You Thought
You might have thought that if medical marijuana had been made legal where you live that would mean that it’s not against the rules for you to smoke as long as you have a medical marijuana card. It’s not so, unfortunately. The sad truth is, employers can fire you or let go of you for “other reasons” if smoking marijuana is against company policy.
A ruling by the United States Suprement Court allows the employer (and not local or state government) to decide if an employee will keep their job–even if they have a medical marijuana prescription.
So, if you just had your sigh of relief when you found out marijuana was legal where you live, make sure you are well acquainted with the company policies of your employer. If they do have a stance against it and smoking marijuana could cost you your job, then you will need to take precautions just like anyone else would.
As it stands right now, a company’s rules overrule the law of the land, no matter where you are (or think you are.) The fact is, it you can still be tested for marijuana in the workplace and you can still be terminated.
The final word is not out and laws are changing all the time from state to state. It’s not implausible to think the Supreme Court could reschedule marijuana, but you’ll be holding your breath for a while.
You may have been expecting better news. But here’s your silver lining: You’re reading this now which means you have time to prepare a game plan.