This information is provided for educational purposes only.  Reader retains full responsibility for the use of the information contained herein.

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law, like many others that have been implemented across the U.S., allows for employers to continue to drug test and enforce a drug-free work place policy.  The Philadelphia City Council, however, has decided to review this portion of the law in order to accommodate medical marijuana users.

The law currently eliminates the possibility of being criminally prosecuted for marijuana possession, but does not give medical marijuana users a pass on positive workplace drug tests.  While the City Council does not have the power to change the law, they are hoping their hearing will provide clarification on the issue in addition to providing possible adjustments that could be suggested to the state legislature for the law in the future.  City officials are hoping to avoid future court cases that would decide the situation as in other states.

What does this mean for employers?  Currently, nothing.  These are simply hearings, and are not being done by those in power to change the law.  However, employers should be aware of medical marijuana provisions in their states, and come up with a workplace drug testing policy that reflects those appropriately.

Need help reviewing your drug-free workplace policy and/or have questions about medical marijuana in the states where you operate?  Contact the Current Consulting Group, LLC, at info@currentconsultinggroup.com.  Our tenured team of professionals would be happy to help.

Click here to read more.

(C) 2010-2018 The Current Consulting Group, LLC – No portion of this article may be reproduced, retransmitted, posted on a website or used in any manner without the written consent of the Current Consulting Group, LLC. When permission is granted to reproduce this article in any way full attribution to the author and copyright holder are required.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *