Illinois joined the growing list of states to legalize marijuana as of January 1, 2020. Employers with employees in Illinois should consider how the new law may affect their business, and review their policies to ensure compliance with the statute.
As an initial matter, state legalization will not affect employees in certain job positions. The Illinois law states that corrections officers, law enforcement officers and several other public employees cannot use marijuana, even when they are off-duty. In addition, employees with commercial drivers’ licenses subject to federal Department of Transportation regulations will remain subject to federal restrictions.