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Medical Marijuana and the Workplace…Understanding Your Legal Rights as an Employer in Las Vegas

Medical marijuana has been legal in Nevada since 2013. Patients with a chronic or debilitation condition — cancer, AIDS, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), glaucoma, persistent muscle spasms, cachexia, severe nausea, seizures, severe pain and other conditions approved by the Department of Health and Human Services — can legally possess a certain quantity of the drug.

You may have employees who are legally eligible to purchase and use medical marijuana, so it’s important to know your legal rights.

3 Things Las Vegas Employers Should Know About Medical Marijuana

Every company in Las Vegas needs to be aware of these three facts regarding medical marijuana:

  1. Insurers are not required to pay for medical marijuana.
  2. Employers do not have to allow employees to use medical marijuana at work.
  3. There is no law requiring employers to modify the job or working conditions of a medical marijuana patient that are based on reasonable business needs. However, companies do need to try to make reasonable accommodations for the medical needs of employees with a valid medical marijuana card, as long as this would not compromise the safety of anyone on the property, place an undue hardship on the business or keep the employee from fulfilling any and all of their job duties.

Learn more about your legal rights regarding medical marijuana in the workplace.

Create a Medical Marijuana Policy for Your Company

Just as with alcohol or any other controlled substance, you want to make sure your employees know it’s not okay to be under the influence at work. It’s important to have a medical marijuana policy in place to make the rules clear and to protect your company if a violation does occur.

If an employee comes to work high — or gets high at work — they’re a threat to themselves and everyone else around them. Keep everyone safe by implementing a new policy or amending your existing drug and alcohol policy immediately.

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