Illinois 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.
Illinois personal and medical use of marijuana.
Medical Use: Employers may not discriminate due to a patient status, but the law specifically allows employer to drug test and discipline for violations. Although not impacting the workplace, it is interesting to note that July 21, 2014 Governor Quinn approved SB 2636, which adds “seizures” (including those characteristic of epilepsy) to the definition of debilitating medical conditions and gives access to “non-smokable” marijuana to minors. SB 2636 becomes effective January 1, 2015.
Personal Use: There are several efforts under way to pass legislation decriminalizing personal use of marijuana.
For more information regarding marijuana at work refer to Info Cubic’s Drug Screening compliance corner.