Employers Can Expect New Problems When Recreational Marijuana Hits New Jersey
Until recently, cannabis use in the state of New Jersey has been limited to medicinal purposes only, under the Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA). But changes in administration could bring with it the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in 2018.
Bill S3195 will allow for the possession of up to one ounce of dried marijuana, 16 ounces of edible cannabis products and 72 ounces of cannabis in liquid form. Like CUMMA, though, the bill does not require any New Jersey employer to permit or accommodate marijuana use in the workplace, but it does create a separate cause of action making it unlawful for employers to take "any adverse employment action" against an employee merely because that person uses marijuana.