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April 1 2018

Medical marijuana and the Illinois workplace

Around 30,000 people now possess a medical marijuana registry identification card in Illinois, so companies need to take note of legal requirements when considering hiring or disciplinary actions.+

Under Illinois law, an employer may not refuse to hire a candidate or discharge an employee based on the fact that the individual possesses a medical marijuana card. For this reason, during the hiring process, employers may not want to ask a candidate whether he or she has a medical marijuana card. If an employer inquires about medical marijuana use during the interview process, the employer could be accused of requesting health-related information in formulating a decision not to hire.