New Jersey 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.
New Jersey personal and medical use of marijuana.
Medical Use: Governor signed A20 on July 2, 2019, the Governor signed A20 which removes the name Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, and is now named Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act. It is unlawful for an employer to take any adverse employment action against an employee who is a registered patient based solely on the employee's status. If an employer has a drug testing policy and the applicant tests positive for marijuana employer may give the applicant opportunity to present a legitimate medical explanation.
Personal Use: New Jersey’s state constitution was amended to make recreational marijuana use lawful, providing regulatory authority to Cannabis Regulatory Commission effective 01/01/2021. However, the authority must be authorized by “law enacted by Legislature.” Employees are prohibited from using, possessing, and impairment during working hours.
For more information regarding marijuana at work refer to Info Cubic’s Drug Screening compliance corner.