Marijuana Legality in Illinois: What Employers Need To Know

Starting January 1st, 2020, Illinois residents over the age of 21 are legally allowed to possess up to 30 grams of marijuana flower or 5 grams of Marijuana concentrate for personal use, but how will this affect your workplace?

Under the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act of Illinois, employers are legally allowed to maintain a drug-free workplace. According to the National Law Review, “The Act explicitly permits employers to adopt “reasonable” zero tolerance or drug-free workplace policies, or employment policies concerning drug testing, smoking, consumption, storage, or use of cannabis in the workplace,” so long as the policy is applied in a nondiscriminatory manner. “Employers may not discriminate against cannabis use that is off work hours. Drug Testing may be used in the workplace, but a “good faith” policy is put into place, if an employee is tested positive for cannabis used outside of the workplace, and not on company time.

For more information regarding the January 2020 Legalization of Cannabis in Illinois visit the article from the National Law Review below: