Medical marijuana doesn’t trump zero tolerance in Ohio

Updated: 4:58 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 | Posted: 12:00 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

Medical marijuana will be legal in Ohio next week, raising a series of issues for employers and employees alike.

The bottom line: Not much will change, even after the law takes effect Sept. 8.

Regardless of what state law says, marijuana is illegal on the federal level and employers will retain the right to establish and enforce drug testing and substance abuse policies, including pre-employment and random drug testing.

But some employers fear the new medical marijuana law could lead to confusion among employees who believe their employers are required to accommodate marijuana use if it is recommended by a doctor.

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