Marijuana Considerations & Laws In Pennsylvania
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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- Employers cannot discriminate based on legal medical marijuana status of a patient.
- Employers are not required to accommodate use on company property.
- Employers may prohibit employees from performing any duty that would pose a health or safety risk if the employee was under the influence of marijuana. Additionally, (Penn. Statutes Title 35 P.S. Health and Safety
Section 10231.510) “…the prohibition shall not be deemed an adverse employment decision even if the prohibition results in financial harm for the patient.”
- ( M.M. Act Sec. 2102) “Nothing in this act shall be construed to require an insurer or a health plan, whether paid for by Commonwealth funds or private funds, to provide coverage for medical marijuana.”
- An employer cannot refuse to hire based on status of a legal medical marijuana patient.
- Nothing limits ( M.M. Act Sec. 2103) “…an employer's ability to discipline an employee for being under the influence of medical marijuana in the workplace or for working while under the influence of medical marijuana when the employee's conduct falls below the standard of care normally accepted for that position.”
- Flowers or any product used for smoking are not allowed to be sold, purchased or consumed.
- Legal forms to include pills, oils, topical creams, tinctures, liquids and a form medically approved for vaping (which includes dry leaves or plant form).
Other Impacting Laws (e.g. drug testing, workers’ compensation, unemployment)
- It is against the law to drive, operate, or be in the physical control of a vehicle if there is any greater than 1ng/ml of THC metabolite in the driver’s system.
- Pennsylvania has a law against aiding in an attempt or attempting to defraud a drug test.
- An unemployment claim is not compensated when discharge is due to refusing to take or ‘failing’ a drug test, as long as it is implemented in compliance with an established substance misuse/abuse policy.
- Apply the Checklist of Impacting Issues for Employee Use of Marijuana provided by NDS for additional state laws and issues that can relate to and/or impact your operations regarding employee use of marijuana.
Sources (e.g. Bill Number, Authority)
- Employer Medical Marijuana Act 16: Guide for Employers & Employees – https://www.mpp.org/states/pennsylvania/act-16-employment-provisions/
- Penn. M.M. Act Sec. 102 – Medical marijuana law
- Penn. M.M. Act Sec. 2103 – Medical marijuana related
- 43 Pennsylvania Consolidated Stat. Ann. 802 – Unemployment related
- 77 Pennsylvania Consolidated Stat. Ann. 431 – Workers’ compensation related