With marijuana sales authorized to begin in Connecticut within 18 months, the state is giving employers leeway on how to handle employees who show up to work under the influence of the drug. While select protections are in place for off-hours use, rules remain hazy in most states that already allow recreational use of cannabis.
Connecticut becomes the 19th state where general marijuana use has been legalized, the law coming on the heels of New York.
The Connecticut State Medical Society released a statement promptly released a statement calling the new law “dangerous for the health” of Connecticut residents in its words.
At a Tuesday press conference in Hartford, Lamont expressed confidence that the 295-page Connecticut bill includes sufficient safeguards to protect against impairment and abuse of the drug. Lamont added he has high expectations for the economic benefits of the new law when it comes to jobs and extra tax revenue.
“We had a chance to learn from others, and I think we got it right here in the state of Connecticut,” Lamont said Tuesday in Hartford. “Some states have a 10-year head start on us.”
In a survey of more than 10,000 workers in Colorado three years after the state legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, nearly 15 percent of respondents said they were currently using the drug according to Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.
New York has created an Office of Cannabis Management that has created an initial “fact sheet” which addresses only broad questions of employment law related to marijuana use and impairment in the context of the workplace.
A spokesperson in the Connecticut