Connecticut: Federal Law Does Not Preempt Medical Marijuana Protections for Employees under State Law


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August 8, 2017


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In Noffsinger v. SSC Niantic Operating Company LLC, a Connecticut federal district court stated that federal law concerning unlawful marijuana use does not necessarily preempt state-level protections for marijuana users.  In this case, Connecticut’s Palliative Use of Marijuana Act (“PUMA”) was found to preempt a handful of federal statutes when applied to the employment context.  This decision could have a major impact on employers who currently implement a zero-tolerance substance abuse policy in the workplace.