Massachusetts Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

Now that medical marijuana is legal in Massachusetts, can employees spark up before work or on their lunch breaks without fear of reprimand from their bosses?

That’s one of many questions being fielded by insurance companies and labor lawyers, approximately five months after Massachusetts voters approved the use of medical marijuana by patients who receive a doctor’s recommendation to use the substance to treat debilitating medical conditions.

"Employers still have a fair amount of latitude," said Jonathan Sigel, a Westborough labor lawyer. "What’s clear is you don’t get a free pass to use it at work or possess it at work. Period."

However, Sigel said, the law is less clear on what an employer should do when a current or prospective employee fails a drug test but has a doctor’s recommendation to use medical marijuana.

The state Department of Public Health on March 29 issued draft regulations for patients to obtain and use marijuana. While the regulations are being finalized, a written recommendation from a physician acts as a medical marijuana registration card, and qualifying patients may be allowed to grow a limited supply for their own use.

- Read the entire article at Boston Globe.

Comments

"What’s clear is you don’t

"What’s clear is you don’t get a free pass to use it at work or possess it at work. Period." Does this statement apply to people taking opiate painkillers or xanax etc. at the workplace? What a joke.

People on painkillers can be

People on painkillers can be under the influence at work, which is just as dangerous as MM but they can get tested and be ok because they have a prescription for these equally dangerous pills. But if I fail for THC I will get fired. That's ridiculous, I think it should be on management to determine of you are under the influence enough for it to effect your job and most importantly the safety of others. I use for insomnia, because I choose not to use a prescription pill. I don't abuse it at work nor would I put employees in danger. However this is just my 2 cents.

People on painkillers can be

People on painkillers can be under the influence at work, which is just as dangerous as MM but they can get tested and be ok because they have a prescription for these equally dangerous pills. But if I fail for THC I will get fired. That's ridiculous, I think it should be on management to determine of you are under the influence enough for it to effect your job and most importantly the safety of others. I use for insomnia, because I choose not to use a prescription pill. I don't abuse it at work nor would I put employees in danger. However this is just my 2 cents.

People on painkillers can be

People on painkillers can be under the influence at work, which is just as dangerous as MM but they can get tested and be ok because they have a prescription for these equally dangerous pills. But if I fail for THC I will get fired. That's ridiculous, I think it should be on management to determine of you are under the influence enough for it to effect your job and most importantly the safety of others. I use for insomnia, because I choose not to use a prescription pill. I don't abuse it at work nor would I put employees in danger. However this is just my 2 cents.

No need to smoke at work

I believe if a person is under the influence enough to effect there job performance you can tell. I operate our facility and I can tell when someone is too F#@ked up to work. I have had people on Pharmaceuticals and they will all of a sudden be standing there falling asleep so you can tell! That's why we don't really need drug testing because if someone has a "drug Problem" or Alcohol for that matter it is noticeable.

ITs PERSONAL . .

Excuse me, but unless you are an airline pilot, bus driver, or any other occupation that involves the safety of others, then what you put into your body is YOUR BUSINESS ! ITs no one's BUSISNESS .. so stay the fuck out of that conversation !

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