Asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for West Virginia

Q: I was fired today for Violating Drug and Alcohol Policy for taking a hit off a delta 8 vape pen which is LEGAL

Can I take action for being terminated for violating drug and alcohol policy for taking a hit off a delta 8 Vape which is LEGAL and not a controlled substance in West Virginia. I was not warned, was not drug tested, but was terminated

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A: Due to growing safety concerns, on June 8, 2023, Delta-8 became an illegal Schedule 1 controlled substance in West Virginia.

Putting that aside, an employer can fire you for violating its own drug and alcohol policy and is free to include Delta-8 in its policy regardless of whether it is legal in the state where you work.

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