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Employers in Arizona now have more protection in their drug testing policies when dealing with employees who use marijuana for medical purposes.  House Bill 2541 was recently signed into law and provides clarification to Arizona’s medical marijuana law.

Under the provisions of the new legislation, which begins retroactively on April 12, 2011, employers now have greater latitude in taking action against employees who are believed to be impaired at work due to prescribed, illegal or synthetic drug use. Employers are prohibited from taking adverse actions based on an employee’s or applicant’s status as a cardholder authorized to use medical marijuana, or a qualifying patient’s positive drug test, unless the qualifying patient used, possessed or was “impaired” by marijuana while at work or during work hours.

Additionally, an employer may penalize a cardholder if failure to do so would cause the employer to lose a monetary or licensing-related benefit under federal law or regulations. With this new law, employers have clearer legislative direction on how they can ensure a safe workplace when their employees are lawful medical marijuana users.

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