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Medical Marijuana on the Job: What Employers Need to Know

Whether you call it weed, grass, pot, cannabis, or Mary Jane, marijuana's status is changing. Once outlawed in every state, eighteen states and the District of Columbia now allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes and two states allow possession for personal use. Employers need to be prepared to address the safety and HR issues raised when their workers use medical marijuana. Marijuana has great therapeutic value, but it can also affect judgment and performance, making it a safety liability. Any substance that affects a worker's ability to work safely is a concern for employers. A worker who is using marijuana and cannot do his or her job safely endangers other workers, and employers must take action...

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