Massachusetts Bill: You Can’t Get Fired For Smoking A Little Pot At Home
However, there will be restrictions.
2018 has been a huge year for recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. For one, use is now legal, and shops are popping up. Next up in the new year will be a bill which would bar employers from firing workers for using marijuana legally on their own time. Presently, workers can still be fired for using marijuana, even if it's outside of work, or if the effects have worn off by the time they return back to work.
The Boston Globe reports the measure filed by Democratic state Sen. Jason Lewis would treat marijuana much like alcohol. For example, you could be fired for showing up to work impaired, but an employer could not fire someone based on their private use of pot.
According to WMUR News 9, there is currently no reliable test for marijuana impairment. A major rub could present an issue for Federal contractors. They would be exempted as marijuana remains illegal under U.S. law.