Employers and Florida’s New Medical Marijuana Law
On June 23, 2017, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a bill implementing the state’s medical marijuana constitutional amendment. You can view the full law here. The new law provides some clarity for employers. The statute provides, in relevant part:
This section does not limit the ability of an employer to establish, continue, or enforce a drug-free workplace program or policy. This section does not require an employer to accommodate the medical use of marijuana in any workplace or any employee working while under the influence of marijuana. This section does not create a cause of action against an employer for wrongful discharge or discrimination. Marijuana, as defined in this section, is not reimbursable under chapter 440.
Although this law fails to specifically state that an employer is not required to provide any type of accommodation to employees relating to the use of medical marijuana, it does directly address several employment-related questions that have made employers a little uneasy ever since voters made medical marijuana part of the Florida constitution in 2016.