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Marijuana Considerations & Laws In Vermont

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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Employment Information

Employer Concerns

  • Public and private employers must follow Vermont’s mandatory drug testing laws which are very detailed and stringent and include requirements, such as having an Employee Assistance Program, if an employer wants to do drug testing.
  • Vermont prohibits random drug testing unless required under federal law.
  • Employers are not required to accommodate use and may regulate or prohibit use and possession at the workplace.
  • An employee is not exempt from being arrested or prosecuted for using or being under the influence of marijuana while operating a motor vehicle, boat or other named vessels; in a workplace; or while operating heavy machinery or handling dangerous instruments.

Testing

  • Public and private employers must follow Vermont’s mandatory drug testing laws which are very detailed and stringent (i.e., prohibits random testing).

Hiring/Termination

  • See Significant above.

Discipline

  • See Significant above.

Use/Possession

  • Smoking is permissible but not in any public place, including a workplace.

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

  • There is no requirement for coverage or reimbursement by health insurers as defined in Vermont’s medical marijuana law, any insurance company regulated under Title 8, an employer, or workers’ compensation for medical marijuana or use of it.

Sources (e.g. Bill Number, Authority)

  • Vermont Stat. Ann. 18-4471 to 4474m – Medical marijuana
  • Vermont Stat. Ann. 21-5111-520 – Drug testing law
  • Vermont Stat. Ann. 21-649 – Workers’ compensation related

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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).