Cincinnati, OH asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Ohio

Q: Reading my companies drug policy I'm not sure if I'm protected for using medical marijuana or not. Can someone advise?

My main question is with the wording of my company's policy below. Since I am under a physician's care wouldn't it seem I am in compliance with company policy?

The Company has a strong commitment to provide a safe work place and to establish programs

promoting high standards of employee health and safety. The possession, sale, manufacture,

distribution, dispensing, transfer or use of alcohol or controlled substances (defined as any drug-like

substance whose sale, use or possession is unlawful or controlled by law) is inconsistent with the

Company’s objective of operating in a safe and efficient manner.

The only exception is the taking of lawfully prescribed drugs under the direction of a physician.

However, discipline may also result where prescribed medications are misused or abused.

1 Lawyer Answer
Denise Rini
Denise Rini
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Ohio Law, as well as the United States Supreme Court has ruled that a company may discharge or fire an employee for using medical marijuana.

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