Recreational Marijuana: How Ballot Initiative Could Affect the Workplace

Ten years after voters in the state of Michigan decided to legalize medical marijuana, the Nov. 6 election would determine the fate of Proposal 1, which would allow adults to use marijuana for recreational purposes and permit it to be grown and sold in the state. The proposal does not, however, “prevent an employer from refusing to hire, discharging, disciplining, or otherwise taking an adverse employment action against a person” due to marijuana use. There are many groups that have expressed opposition against the legalization of marijuana or that, at least, have brought up valid points regarding employment. Although there is not a one-size-fits-all approach regarding workplace drug policies, it is important for employers to redevelop the language in existing documents.   

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