Ohio Marijuana Law Won’t Change Zero-Tolerance Policies

 medical_marijuana_mruxx2.jpg Policies may need updating to clarify that the use of medical marijuana isn’t tolerated in the workplace
The use of medical marijuana for certain illnesses will soon be legal under Ohio law, but that doesn’t mean employers have to tolerate it, according to employment attorneys interviewed by SHRM Online.

“The law says very specifically that employers still have the right to have a zero-tolerance policy regarding the use of medical marijuana in the workplace and employees do not have the right to sue their employer for taking action,” said Sarah Moore, an attorney with Fisher Phillips in Cleveland.

In addition to Ohio, 24 other states and Washington, D.C., have laws permitting the use of medical marijuana, but the details of those state laws vary.

The Ohio law is very employer-friendly, said Kathryn Russo, an attorney with Jackson Lewis in Long Island, N.Y.

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