What to do with an employee who tested positive for marijuana used to be an easy decision. That is not necessarily the case anymore.
Thirteen states have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Some of these states require employers to accommodate the medical use of marijuana. Although use of marijuana remains illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act regardless of whether it is medically prescribed, the U.S. Department of Justice announced in October 2009 that federal agents will target users and distributors of marijuana only when they violate both federal and state laws. In addition, employers may have to consider whether they must allow employees to use medical marijuana as a reasonable accommodation pursuant to the federal Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). These developments have caused employers to re-examine their “zero tolerance” policies with regard to drug use by employees.
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