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Workplace Drug Polices May Restrict Medical Cannabis Use In Illinois

3.25.14

Nesheba Kittling was quoted in an article entitled “Zero Tolerance: Workplace Drug Polices May Restrict Medical Cannabis Use In Illinois,” published in the Rockford Register Star, The Journal-Standard, and The Register-Mail.

According to the article, some chronically ill patients hoping to legally access medical marijuana in Illinois may be out of luck if their employers choose to maintain or create zero-tolerance drug policies.

The state's new medical marijuana law, which was signed in August and took effect in January, protects patients from arrest or prosecution for using the drug, but it doesn't protect them from being terminated if they test positive for the drug and their employers restrict its use, according to the article.

"If an employer already has a drug policy, there's nothing in the act that prevents them from enforcing that drug policy," said Nesheba. "If you have a zero-tolerance policy, the act allows you to enforce that regardless if someone is using marijuana."

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