Oregon could learn from other states with employee protections for off-work medical marijuana use

Oregon was one of the first states to decriminalize marijuana, legalize medical marijuana, and legalize recreational marijuana use. Despite Oregon’s forward thinking on cannabis, employers are still allowed to discharge employees for off-work use of marijuana—including medical marijuana. Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Act does not require employers to accommodate the medical use of marijuana in the work place.1 In 2010, the Oregon Supreme Court determined employers are not required to accommodate employee’s use of medical marijuana and can rightfully discharge an employee for off-work use.

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