What Does Alaska’s and Oregon’s Legalization of Marijuana Change for Employers?
On November 4, Oregon, Alaska, and the District of Columbia became the latest
jurisdictions to pass referendums decriminalizing the recreational possession
and use of small amounts of marijuana. Oregon’s law becomes effective in July
2015; Alaska’s probably in February 2015.
Each of these laws is slightly different (read the full text here of the measures
inOregon,Alaska, and D.C.). Employers in all these jurisdictions are likely wondering about how does this
affect my company’s anti-drug policy or drug testing program? The short answer
is that none of these laws will change much for employers. The laws primarily
simply decriminalize the personal and private possession and recreational
use of small amounts of marijuana. They do not impose any new limits or obligations
on employers, or create any new rights for employees when they are at work.