Don't Get Lost In The Weeds: Medical Marijuana Is Now Legal In New York
The Compassionate Care Act, which was signed into law in July 2014, legalizes and regulates the manufacture, sale and use of medical marijuana in New York. The Act sets forth specific conditions under which a patient may obtain medical marijuana.
The Act provides that certified patients shall not be subjected to "disciplinary action by a business" for exercising their rights to use medical marijuana. It also contains a nondiscrimination provision, which states that being a patient for whom a doctor in New York State has prescribed medical marijuana is a "disability" under the New York State Human Rights Law.
Even so, New York employers will still be able to maintain a safe workplace by restricting employees from performing their duties while under the influence of marijuana. For example, employers may still adopt and maintain reasonable policies or procedures - including drug testing - to ensure that an individual is not working while under the influence of a controlled substance (including marijuana) or engaging in the illegal use of drugs.