No Need For Employer Paranoia Over Legalized Marijuana

By Abigail Rubenstein (November 15, 2012, 8:41 PM EST) -- Although voters in Washington and Colorado recently passed ballot measures legalizing marijuana for recreational use, attorneys say employers in those states need not make changes to accommodate marijuana users and can still lawfully maintain a drug-free workplace.

Voters in both states came out in favor of initiatives directing the state to decriminalize the possession of marijuana by adults for recreational use and to establish a regulatory system to administer its sale, going beyond the medical marijuana laws employers already have had to contend with in several states.

But marijuana remains a Schedule I controlled substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act,...

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