Medical Marijuana at Work?
April 17, 2007
Kristin Edelhauser, Entrepreneur
The use of medical marijuana is a controversial issue across the country. But now, workplaces in states that permit medical marijuana use are entering unknown territory as they debate whether employees should be allowed to use the drug on the job.
For many companies, liability is another issue to contend with. For example, should medical marijuana laws protect employers if an employee using marijuana makes a mistake on the job or injures someone? On the other hand, some companies have accepted the use of medical marijuana by workers, as long as they continue to do a good job. In the meantime, the debate continues. "We know [employers] are looking for clear answers, and there's not one out there right now," said Richard Meneghello, an employment lawyer who speaks to companies on the topic. "Employers are living in a dangerous situation."