As Marijuana Shops Thrive, California Employers Revisit Drug Policies

With recreational marijuana shops booming at the start of the new year in California, many business owners are left wondering what they can do about suspected drug use. The states Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) legalizes recreational marijuana for individuals over the age of 21, allowing adults to possess, transport and purchase up to one ounce of the drug and grow up to six plants for recreational use. It does, however, prohibit smoking and ingesting marijuana products in public and allows public and private employers to enact and enforce workplace policies pertaining to the drug. In fact, the Supreme Court of California has ruled that, despite legalization by the state of California, employers may rely on federal law, which has not legalized marijuana.

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