Maine Marijuana Employer Guidelines“Recreational vs. personal” use of marijuana: We recognize that a majority of the country uses the term “recreational use” when referring to states that have legalized possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana for those over 21.
Maine personal and medical use of marijuana.
Medical Use: Was approved by voters on November 2, 1999, and it became effective December 2, 1999. The Initiative created the “Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Act.” Rights of persons or entities acting pursuant to this chapter. A person whose conduct is authorized under this chapter may not be denied any right or privilege or be subjected to arrest, prosecution, penalty, or disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, a civil penalty or disciplinary action by a business or occupational or professional licensing board or bureau, for lawfully engaging in conduct involving the medical use of marijuana authorized under this chapter. 2011, c. 407, Pt. B, 20 (AMD).
Employers cannot discriminate solely based on the status of a medical marijuana patient. Unless the employer was in jeopardy of violating federal law or losing a federal contract or funding. Employees are not allowed to smoke marijuana on any company premises or work under the influence of marijuana.
Personal Use: Adults 21 years of age and older can possess up to 2.5 ounces (70 grams) of marijuana. If an applicant or employee consumes marijuana off-duty, employers are not allowed to discriminate purely against them. Employers however are not required to accommodate the use or possession of marijuana in the workplace. Employees can be disciplined that are under the influence of marijuana at work.
For more information regarding marijuana at work refer to Info Cubic’s Drug Screening compliance corner