Kansas - Considerations for Marijuana in the Workplace
Medical Marijuana Law:
Recreational Marijuana Law:
No Broad Laws Legalizing Marijuana*:
*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.
Medical and recreational cannabis are both illegal in Kansas.
Under Kansas SB 282 (2018) CBD with no THC is allowed. Under Kansas HB 2244 (2019), CBD with no more than 5% THC is allowed to treat debilitating medical conditions for which the patient is under treatment by a licensed physician.
Under Kansas SB 282, the definition of marijuana excludes cannabidiol (CBD).
Kansas has specific drug testing requirements to qualify for workers’ compensation reduction and unemployment denial. These include testing for marijuana. Through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, there are also implementation details about those requirements.
A positive drug test for marijuana at a level of 15 ng/ml constitutes impairment under Kansas Statutes Ann. 44-501(b)(1)(C).
CBD in the form of oils, pills or lotions with no THC are considered herbal supplements and can be used.
No restrictions about where CBD can be used.
No smoking or vaping of CBD is permitted.
Other Impacting Laws
(e.g., drug testing, workers’ compensation, unemployment)
An individual is deemed guilty of driving under the influence if they are under the influence of any drug or if they are a habitual user of narcotics.
Refusal to submit to a drug test or a positive drug test for marijuana is conclusive evidence of gross misconduct and, if discharged, will make the employee ineligible for unemployment benefits.
Refusal to test or a positive post-accident drug test for marijuana will disqualify the employee from workers’ compensation benefits.
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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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