Can I Legally Smoke Marijuana at Work in California?

Posted by Neil Shouse | Jan 08, 2018 | 0 Comments

On January 1, 2018, it became legal for adults to purchase and use recreational marijuana in California.

But notwithstanding California's legalization of marijuana, employers have the legal right to maintain a drug and alcohol-free workplace. This means they can not only prohibit the use of marijuana by their employees at work but may also legally test for it.

This includes the use of marijuana on employee's personal time and applies equally to medical marijuana.

According to California NORML, even a single use of marijuana remains detectable in urine for up to seven days. Regular users may test positive after more than three months.

Before using recreational or medical marijuana, people should check their employer's policies.

And remember, even if your employer does not prohibit the use of marijuana, it is always illegal to use marijuana in a public place. It is also illegal to smoke it anywhere state law prohibits smoking tobacco, which includes the workplace in California.

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Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.


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