New Jersey: Adds Protections to Medical Marijuana Use by Employees


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July 2, 2019


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As of July 2, 2019, the Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act now prohibits employers from taking any adverse employment action against a qualified employee based solely on the employee’s status as a registered medical marijuana user. The law applies to employees who have been authorized by a healthcare provider to use medical marijuana, and are registered as such with the state. Additionally, employees have the right to explain drug test results and the employer must provide written notice of their right to explain.

The Act now makes clear that employers can prohibit possession or use of marijuana during work hours or on the premises of the workplace outside of work hours. Additionally, the Act does not require an employer to take action that would cause the employer to be in violation of federal law, lose a licensing-related benefit, or lose a federal contract or funding.

Action Items

  1. Have employment handbooks and substance abuse policies updated consistent with the new law.
  2. Update drug testing procedures for notice requirements and protections.
  3. Have managers trained on recognizing signs of impairment and how to handle workplace substance abuse.
  4. Subscribers can call our HR On-Call Hotline at (888) 378-2456 for further assistance.

Disclaimer: This document is designed to provide general information and guidance concerning employment-related issues. It is presented with the understanding that ManagEase is not engaged in rendering any legal opinions. If a legal opinion is needed, please contact the services of your own legal adviser.

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