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Marijuana Considerations: Missouri

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Marijuana Law:

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Marijuana Law:

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Employer Concerns – Significant to Review

  • Employers may refuse to hire an applicant or discipline, up to including termination, an employee who is under the influence of medical marijuana at work.
  • Consuming medical marijuana in a public space, while operating a vehicle, or performing any task where doing so under the influence would constitute negligence is strictly prohibited.
  • There are unemployment and workers’ compensation laws with drug testing specific requirements. Although not required, if an employer complies, he or she will have greater latitude to deny claims. For example,
    • Employees must receive at least a 60-day notice before implementing a drug testing policy.

Testing

  • There are unemployment and workers’ compensation laws with drug testing specific requirements. Although not required, if an employer complies, he or she will have greater latitude to deny claims.

Hiring/Termination

  • Employers may refuse to hire an applicant or discipline, up to including termination, an employee who is under the influence of medical marijuana at work.

Discipline

  • Employers may refuse to hire an applicant or discipline, up to including termination, an employee who is under the influence of medical marijuana at work.

Use/Possession

  • Consumption is illegal in spaces open to the general public.
  • Property owners may designate space and specifically limit methodology for qualifying patients to consume.

Other Impacting Laws

(e.g., drug testing, workers’ compensation, unemployment)
  • There are unemployment and workers’ compensation laws with drug testing specific requirements. Although not required, if an employer complies, he or she will have greater latitude to deny claims.
  • Missouri has the Missouri Hemp Extract Registration Program that issues registration cards to persons with intractable epilepsy to access CBD.

Sources

(e.g., Bill Number, Authority)
  • Missouri Constitution Art. XVI – Medical marijuana law
  • For medical marijuana inquiries – MedicalMarijuanaInfo@health.mo.gov.
  • Missouri Rev. Stat. 288.045 – Unemployment related
  • Missouri Rev. Stat. 287.120 – Workers’ compensation related
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).