Act 86 makes it legal for those age 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana in Vermont, as well as grow six plants (two mature, four immature) at home. But what’s appropriate at work?
Vermont employers and employees are working to figure that out.
When it comes to the workplace, what changes with this new law?
According to Heather Wright, a Burlington-based employment lawyer, not much.
VPR’s Henry Epp spoke with Wright. Listen to their conversation above.
“As a general rule, if an employer has a policy that prohibits employees from reporting to work under the influence of marijuana, that rule still applies and can still apply moving forward,” Wright said. “If they drug test their employees, including for the presence of marijuana, employers can still do that.”
What are the current rules in Vermont regarding drugs in the workplace?
When it comes to employee protections, Wright says Vermont’s laws generally protect employees from random drug screenings (unless they’re federal employees.)
“An employer can