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If You Smoke Pot, You Can Still Get Fired

8.13.15

Catharine Morisset’s article “If You Smoke Pot, You Can Still Get Fired” was featured in Avvo Naked Law on August 13, 2015.

Federal law says that pot is as dangerous as heroin, more addictive than cocaine, and has no accepted medical purpose. Yet 23 states and DC have legalized medical marijuana in some form. Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and D.C. have also de-criminalized recreational marijuana use. For the average worker – and their employers – this federal-state law paradox can have huge impact in the workplace.

Many employers, for instance, still choose to conduct workplace drug testing in various contexts (such as making it a condition of an employment offer), and “zero tolerance” policies remain valid. Despite numerous attempts to challenge that standard, pro-marijuana laws have had little impact on an employer’s ability to drug test or to terminate employees for marijuana use.

Some examples:

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