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Marijuana Considerations & Laws In Connecticut

Medical Marijuana Law:

Recreational Marijuana Law:

No Broad Laws Legalizing Marijuana*:

*In these states, marijuana is either totally illegal, or there may be laws decriminalizing possession, or use of marijuana, or, the state may have a CBD law legalizing THC at a level constituting marijuana-derived CBD.


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Employer Concerns

  • Nothing restricts the employer’s ability to prohibit use or being under the influence during work hours.

Testing

  • To conduct drug testing, reasonable suspicion must accompany any application other than random.  
  • Random testing only permitted if mandated per federal law, the employee is in a safety-sensitive position that is authorized by the state’s approval process, or if it is part of an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in which the employee willingly participates.

Hiring/Termination

  • Cannot rescind an employment offer based on status as a qualifying marijuana patient or a positive marijuana test result (Noffsinger v. SCC Niantic Operating Co.). 
  • Cannot refuse to hire, discharge or threaten action on an employee based on status as a qualifying marijuana patient.

Discipline

  • An employer may discipline for employee being under the influence of marijuana at work. 
  • Adverse action permitted only if test was confirmed by GC/MS or other method approved by the state.

Use/Possession

  • A patient has legal protection if they have a valid registration and if the medical marijuana was obtained from the specific dispensary where the patient is registered. 
  • Smoking is a permissible form of ingestion. 
  • Consumption only in private spaces and not in presence of anyone younger than 18 or if it would endanger health/well-being of another person. 
  • Connecticut does not permit manufacturing of edibles

Other Impacting Laws (e.g. drug testing, workers’ compensation, unemployment)

  • If an employer is going to do employee or applicant drug testing, there are specific drug testing mandatory requirements. 
  • Connecticut has unemployment compensation voluntary laws with many details about drug testing. Although not required, these statutes provide greater latitude to deny unemployment compensation claims. 
  • provided by NDS for additional state laws and issues that can relate to and/or impact your operations regarding employee use of marijuana.

Miscellaneous


Sources (e.g. Bill Number, Authority)

  • Connecticut Gen. Stat. 21a-408 – Medical marijuana law
  • Connecticut’s Palliative Use of Marijuana Act (PUMA)
  • Noffsinger v. SCC Niantic Operating Co., No. 3-16-cv-01938, 2018 WL 4334075, at *1 (D. Conn. Sept. 5, 2018) – Court decision
  • Connecticut Gen. Stat. 31-236 – Unemployment law related
  • General Statutes 31-275 – Workers’ compensation related law
  • Connecticut Gen. Stat. 31-51t to 51aa – Drug testing related

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    DISCLAIMER: This resource is designed to provide accurate information regarding the subject matter covered. It is provided with the understanding that those involved in the resource are not engaged in rendering legal counsel. If legal advice is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.

    CAUTION: Where there are quotation marks, the language is directly from published law. This information is only a summary of some issues and it will benefit the reader to review the information in context (go to the law) and in relation to other laws (e.g. workers compensation, unemployment law).

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